You don't need us to tell you the health perks of drinking coffee or tea. Tea can speed up your metabolism, cut down anxiety, boost your immune system, and prevent heart attacks. Coffee can stave off dementia, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Drink either one and you'll do your body a world of good.
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Unless you prefer your drinks scorching. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just added hot beverages to its list of cancer-causing agents. The international organization came to that conclusion after a team of researchers reviewed the evidence and found that hot coffee and tea were linked to a higher risk of stomach cancer, even after adjusting for other risk factors (like smoking). The reason: Scalding beverages damage the delicate tissues, which can trigger faster cell turnover--and increase the risk for out-of-control growth.
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So how hot is too hot? Scientists recommended that people avoid drinks served over 149 degrees F. And before you wonder who'd ever toss back something that sizzling, be warned: Starbucks serves drinks with temperatures as high as180 degrees, according to this article from Business Insider. Other takeout places are similar.
So if you're in the habit of buying your coffee or tea, let it cool down before you sip.
via Telegraph.co.uk and Time.com
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