Drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate brown fat tissue (also known as brown fat), an important part of the human body, which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy, according to a study published this week in the journal. Scientific Reports .
Brown fat tissue is one of two types of fat found in humans and other mammals.
Initially attributed only to infants and dormant mammals, it was discovered in recent years that adults may also have brown fat.
. The main function is to generate body heat by burning calories (as opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories).
People with BMI therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.
"Brown fat works differently from other fats in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often due to cold," said Professor Michael Symonds of the Medicine School at the University of Nottingham.
"Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control and improves blood lipid levels and extra calories burned with weight loss."
"But so far no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans.