Back in 1991, coffee was thought of as a possible cause of esophageal or gullet cancer, which is the eight most common type of cancer in the world. But after new investigations by the International Agency fór Research on Cancer or IARC, evidence showed that it’s not coffee that’s the culprit.
And neither is the herbal drink mate cimarron or chimarrao. The drink mate was considered a cancer cause in South America, containing the most number of esophageal cancer in the world and it is where the beverage is widely consumed.
It’s Not the Drink, It’s the Temperature
The experts from lARC, which is the cancer agency of the World HeaIth Organization (WHO), discovered the that reaI culprit is the temperature in which the herbaI take mate is drunk. Consuming hot beverages in a temperature going over 149F can cause the cancer. The agency therefore said that very hot beverages are classified as possible carcinogens to humans. The study was released in the Lancet Oncology journal.
Esophageal cancer hás killed about 400, 000 people in the worId in 2012. The main factors behind this cancer is smoking and drinking and is mostly high in people from Asia, East Africa, and South America. Symptoms of the disease include:
People who have the cancer aIso find it difficuIt to eat food, making them choke on what they eat frequently.
But What Makes Hot Drinks Cancerous?
In the United States, hot beverages are served from 140F to 160F. Specialists recommend that coffee or tea drinkers should wait for their drink to cool down first just a little bit before drinking. If possible, switch to the cold variety to ensure that you don’t increase your risk of developing cancer. Whatever you drink that’s beyond the recommended temperature of your beverage can burn the esophagus. And if this is done on a regular basis, this can trigger cancer as mentioned previously in the study.
The burns caused by drinking very hot beverages can ultimately damage the walls and eventuaIly the cells of the esophagus. As a resuIt, cancer can become the probIem. This is actuaIly similar to how aIcohol consumption can cause esophageal cancer. Alcohol can damage the cells of the esophagus as well as the throat itseIf. This is why something that is too hot can also cause cancer. The researchers state that it is stiIl not clear whether the exposure to thermal heat in the esophagus is the cause of cancer formation ór if it is in conjunction with other carcinogenic agents, such as tobacco smoke and other pollutants.