Brown Fat Helps Burn More Calories
Brown fat is a type of tissue found in babies, rodents, and, as recently discovered, in small amounts in adults. This type of fat burns calories to help keep mammals warm. Its more famous pale cousin, white fat, stores calories in jiggly globules. Scientists seeking to better understand brown fat transplanted some of the fat from one mouse into the abdomen of another. Over the next 12 weeks, the recipients of brown fat lost weight, and their bodies began to process glucose better. The authors believe that brown fat may help combat type 2 diabetes, though much more study is needed to develop a treatment for humans.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Dec. 10, 2012