Although excess white fat is linked to conditions like obesity and diabetes, we could all benefit from a little extra brown fat. PhD student Kevin Tharp of the University of California, Berkeleyâ€™s Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology says that compared to the energy storing white fat, brown fat releases energy and can even provide metabolic benefits including weight loss.
"White fat is a storage organ that doesnâ€™t necessarily provide a metabolic benefit to someone with a whole lot of white fat. Brown fat is thermoregulatory organ that when activated by cold stress will produce incredible amounts of core body temperature through high metabolic rates."
Tharpâ€™s team synthetically created a similar brown fat tissue without the temperature drop, which he says could eventually provide therapeutic solutions to conditions like obesity and diabetes.
"We have generated a metabolically functional synthetic tissue that does have a therapeutic application."
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