We're a nation so in love with tea, the very idea that we don't know how to make a cup correctly was considered almost blasphemous by many. So it's sure to come as a surprise that your daily cuppa might be detrimental to your health.
Researchers at University College London and the British Science Association found that not allowing the tea to steep for at least five minutes will not only ruin the flavour, but drinking the liquid whilst it is extremely hot could be bad for you.
Henry Sharpe, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at East Kent Hospitals University, told the Mail that the steam from a cup of tea not left to cool could cause nosebleeds: "This can lead to weakening or rupturing of the vessels, causing nosebleeds. People prone to nosebleeds are particularly vulnerable, so allow your drinks to cool.
"If you have had a nosebleed, avoid hot drinks for at least 24 hours as that is how long it takes for blood vessels to settle down."
A 2012 study from the University of Glasgow found that men who are heavy tea drinkers had a 50 per cent higher risk of prostate cancer and a study in Iran found a link between drinking extremely hot tea and getting oesophageal cancer.
The caffeine in black tea is also believed to contribute to stiff arteries and recent research from the New England Journal of Medicine claims that too much tea could cause brittle bones and teeth.
Despite evidence suggesting tea could be bad for your health, the National Cancer Institute in the US have called the studies regarding tea "inconclusive".
"Inconsistencies in study findings regarding tea and cancer risk may be due to variability in tea preparation, tea consumption, the bioavailability of tea compounds (the amounts that can be absorbed by the body), lifestyle differences, and individual genetic differences," a spokesman said.
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