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Last updated January 13, 2017 (originally published January 20, 2014)

By  Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Doctors and Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and
other members of our Editorial Board.]







Remember the woman who successfully sued McDonald’s for
making hot coffee that was too hot? Did you shake your
head at the lunacy of the US litigation system or did you
think – she’s got a point, hot drinks
are dangerous?

A steaming hot cup of joe on a cold day may raise your
spirits but did you consider the dangers of sipping such a
scorching drink? Did you know that drinking water from the
hot tap is bad for your health? Drinking hot beverages can
even raise your risk of throat cancer. Before you take a sip
from a hot mug of tea, coffee, water, or soup consider why
you should let it cool first.

How Hot is Too Hot?

When you think about the dangers of hot drinks the first
thing that comes to mind is the risk of burns.

According to The Burn Foundation, hot water causes 3rd-
degree burns in one second when the water is at 69 C, in
two seconds at 65 C, in five seconds at 60 C, and in 15
seconds at 56 C.

In the 1990's, a case was brought against McDonald's for
serving coffee that was too hot.

In the  Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants case, the jury
heard that McDonald’s served its coffee at temperatures
around 82 to 88 C (179 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit).
Americans tend to brew tea at home at 60 C (140 degrees
Fahrenheit).

By way of comparison, the temperature of boiling water is
100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit).

Researchers suggest waiting a few minutes before sipping
drinks made with boiling water – hot drinks above 70 C (158
degrees Fahrenheit) can raise the risk of developing serious
health problems, according to a 2009 study from the Tehran
University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

We looked at recent studies and expert advice to bring you
the top 7 reasons why hot drinks are bad for your health.

1.
Hot Drinks Can Cause Throat Cancer

Drinking scalding hot tea raises the risk of cancer of the
esophagus, the tube carrying food from your throat to your
stomach, according to a 2009 study in Iran from the
Digestive Disease Research Center of Shariati Hospital at the
Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Scientists looked at the habits of a group of people in
northern Iran who were accustomed to drinking on average
one liter of hot tea every day.

Compared with drinking lukewarm tea (65 C or less),
drinking hot tea at 65 to 69 C more than doubled the risk of
cancer of the esophagus.

But if you drink tea at 70 C or more, you increase your risk
eight-fold, according to the researchers. The scientists also
found that drinking hot tea within two minutes of pouring it
raised the risk five times, compared to drinking the tea after
four minutes.

While Americans are not generally used to drinking tea at
such high temperatures, it may be worthwhile waiting a little
before you drink in order to reduce the possible risk of
cancer.

In other parts of the world, drinking native hot drinks has
been linked to throat cancer. Scientists in South America and
Europe have linked the habitual drinking of
yerba mate with
increased incidence of throat cancer. One study completed in
2000 from the Institut Català d'Oncologia, L'Hospitalet de
Llobregat in Spain, for example, found that drinking
excessively hot mate' increases your risk for esophageal
cancer between 2 and 4 times higher than normal'.


2.
Hot Drinks Endanger Young Children and Babies































Every day in the Us and the UK 45 children are taken to the
ER with scalds from hot drinks – around 16,500 children a
year, according to the Child Accident Prevention Trust in the
UK.

Babies and children under 5 are particularly vulnerable to the
risk of a hot drink tipping over – a cup of hot drink left
standing for as long as 10 minutes can still scald a toddler in
less than one and a half seconds.

Hot drink scalds can be very painful for youngsters and may
result in scarring and even skin grafts. It only takes a split
second for a baby to grasp and pull over a cup of coffee or
tea – keep hot drinks out of the reach of children at all times.

3.
Hot Water Can Elevate Levels of Lead in Your Body

Do you have the habit of making a drink with hot water from
the hot faucet? It’s quicker and easier than boiling the kettle,
right?

Think twice – drinking hot water from the hot water faucet is
bad for your health.

Hot water contains much higher levels of lead than cold
water from the faucet, according to research from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lead from old
pipes dissolves into the hot water when the hot water flows
through the pipes.

Use the hot water for washing, never for drinking.  Take
water from the tap cold if you intend to use it for food
preparation.



4.
Hot Drinks May Cause Dehydration

While the temperature of the water you drink while you
exercise or on a hot day doesn’t make a difference to its
ability to replace lost fluids, if the water is hot you may be
less able or less inclined to drink as much of it as you need.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says you should
drink cool water (10 to 15 C) when exercising as it is
absorbed at a faster rate than warm water and is more
effective against dehydration.

5.
Too-Hot Drinks Can Lower the Pleasure of Drinking

Hot drinks like tea, hot chocolate and coffee must be served
at a temperature high enough to satisfy consumer tastes but
low enough not to reduce the taste sensation (as well as
cause scald burns), according to a 2008 study from The
University of Texas at Tyler.

The researchers discovered that the optimal temperature for
taste as at around 57.8 C.

6.
Hot Drinks Burn Your Mouth: How to Treat a Mouth Burn

The most obvious danger of a hot drink is scalding or
burning your mouth.

If you are too eager to taste your espresso and your scald
the roof of your mouth or your tongue, suck on an ice cube
to immediately lessen the pain and irritation caused by the
hot liquid.

Next, gargle with cold water or chew on a frozen ice pop for
a few minutes. For a longer term solution, apply a topical
mouth analgesic containing benzocaine. Milk can also soothe
the pain by providing a protective coating for the burned
skin.

7.
Drinking Hot Beverages Reduces Your Endurance Capacity

If you regularly go to the gym or are in training for a
marathon or other endurance event you’ll want to watch the
temperature of your drink.

A 2006 study from The University of Birmingham, UK looked
at eight men cycling to exhaustion and their bodies’
response after drinking cold or warm drinks.

The study showed drinking cold water (4 C) significantly
improved endurance and enabled the cyclists to move for
longer than when drinking warm water (19 C).





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