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Drop that coffee!

According to a new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, drinking hot beverages is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Which means that even though some of your favourite hot drinks like tea can be good for you, the temperature they’re served at might not be. But don’t go raiding your cupboards just yet! Because the drinks have to be pretty high on the temperature scale in order to pose a threat.

According to the study, 65 degrees Celsius is the magic number when it comes to keeping your drink at a safe temperature. Anything below that number is perfectly fine, while anything above should be consumed with caution. This is because drinks that are served above the 65-degree mark can cause significant burns in the esophagus, thereby increasing cancer risk.

The good news is that warm beverages typically aren’t served at that high of a temperature in North America. At least, when it comes to restaurants. But if you typically like your drinks piping hot at home, you could be putting yourself in danger. The golden rule is that if it burns your tongue, it’ll burn your throat–so don’t drink it.

Now, if you’re scoffing at the idea of something being “probably” dangerous, keep in mind that substances like lead, gasoline and exhaust fumes are also designated as “possibly” carcinogenic as well (and believe it or not, “probably” is a worse designation than “possibly”). So for now, you might want to at least blow on your coffee and tea before sipping it.

Happy drinking!

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