25. Drinking overly hot beverages can increase your risk of cancer.
Many people start their days off with hot coffee or tea, especially in the winter. Hot chocolate, cider, and other hot drinks are often shared on social occasions, and people don’t think twice about partaking. Drinking scalding hot beverages that are steamy enough to burn a person’s tongue and that are served over 140 degrees Fahrenheit can elevate your risk of esophageal cancer.
Dr. James Doidge, a senior research associate at University College London, says, “It doesn’t take a scientist to appreciate that repeated irritation of any body surface increases your risk of cancer…many foods and drinks contribute to the risk of gastrointestinal cancers.” Most hot commercial beverages are served between 140-160 degrees F. Be kind to your tongue and to your esophagus. To reduce your risk, let the drink cool before taking your first sip.