Few years back, a study had revealed that excessive drinking of coffee might cause cancer. But recently, that cancer agency of WHO concluded that there is no evidence regarding coffee leading to cancer. But “very hot” drinks might probably be carcinogenic.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had previously branded coffee as “possibly carcinogenic” but now seems to have changed its mind. In its latest findings it said there is “no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect” of drinking coffee but might instead fight against certain types of cancer.
Parallely, it has also found that very hot drinks, such as, water, tea, coffee or any other drink, which are 65 degrees or above, might lead to Oesophageal cancer.
Cancer in the oesophagus is the eighth most common cancer in the world which itself caused around 400000 deaths in 2012. Gregory Hartl, WHO’s official spokesman in Geneva, said, “We say: be prudent, let hot drinks cool down.”
Further, WHO also advises to “not consume foods or drinks when they are at a very hot – scalding hot – temperature”.