I’m a big tea drinker. Not a tea conossieur by any stretch–just a habitual drinker of tea. I like plain, grocery store black tea. Lately I’ve been buying Red Rose because of the little trinket they hide in the box for you. (Speaking about the Red Rose trinket–when I went to see my accountant this year I noticed he had a robust collection of those little guys on his mantle piece. Guess he’s a tea drinker too!) Anyway, I have milk and a tiny, tiny bit of honey in my tea–during the week, one cup in the morning and one at three pm. Sometimes when I have company or on the weekends, I drink much more. But nowhere near as much as my friend who drinks about (and I’m not exaggerating) 30 cups a day out of a mug the size of a mini-van.
So for that friend (you know who you are!) and for other hot beverage drinkers, I’ll share with you the pearl of wisdom that Dino shared with me…a fact he no doubt picked up from the internet (where EVERYthing is true, you know?) “Studies show” that constant consumption of hot beverages can lead to esophogeal cancer. Dino is treated for excessive acid reflux and sees a gastroenterologist regularly for monitoring. Anyway, “they” (you know who “they” are–the ones who know things) suggest letting your beverage sit for 4 minutes before consuming it.
I like my tea scalding hot, but I also like my esophogas cancer-free so I’ll give it a shot.