Brown Fat Calorie Burn

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Every human body has a brown adipose tissue which is also called brown fat. This tissue is a specialized tissue which helps in burning calories present in human body to generate heat in new born humans and rodents, neither of which shiver. As per recent studies, adult humans have also been found to hold brown fat. Researches interest got piqued and they looked forward to combat the epidemic of obesity. They believed that if they can develop some ways by which the amount of brown fat is increased in human body, they can probably help the obese person become slimmer. One obstacle to this study is that it has never been proved if the brown fat burns energy in human adults.

According to, “metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells.”

A group of researchers which was led by Andre C. Carpentier put forward evidence that the brown fat in healthy adult men burn energy to generate heat in body only when they are exposed to cold. Although at warm temperatures it does not burn energy. This research was led by Denis Richard from University Laval Quebec City, Quebec and by Andre C. Carpenteir from University of Sherbrooke, Quebec. They both worked hard to collect evidence along with their team. They believed that if this hypothesis proved right, they could help individuals fight obesity.

As Jan Nedergaard and Barbara Cannon from Stockholm University, Sweden, debate in a complementary commentary that these data can have imperative implications for the epidemic of human obesity. These data can help the individuals develop ways to increase the brown fat in the human body. In general, they also note that the data which is produced by Richard, Carpentier and their colleagues, indicates that even if they develop ways to increase the quantity of brown fat in human adult, there is least probability that it will help an obese person become slimmer. What actually is required is to develop a way and make sure that the brown fat is active and helps in burning calories. It is to be noted that brown adipose tissue oxidative metabolism adds to expenditure of energy when the humans are exposed to cold.




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