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New Study, Avoid Drinking Very Hot Beverages

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

hot fluid increases risk of esophageal disease

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  • Data gathered over 10 years from over 50,000 participants demonstrated those drinking 23 ounces of hot tea at 140 Fahrenheit (F) or higher had a 90 percent greater risk of developing esophageal cancer than those who drank beverages at lower temperatures
  • Your risk of esophageal cancer rises with environmental irritations to the lining of the esophagus, including gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, and tobacco and alcohol use
  • Although the risk associated with GERD is not great, nearly 60 million Americans suffer with the condition, raising the popularity of drugs used to treat it. GERD may respond as well to dietary changes, and the drugs used increase your risk of heart disease, dementia and bacterial infections
  • Coffee and tea have positive health benefits, especially when consumed at temperatures lower than 140 F, including a lower risk of dementia, heart failure, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetes

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