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News Story Source: https://newatlas.com, By Nick Lavars
A new study has revealed a novel signaling pathway through which bad fats are converted into healthier forms, opening up a new possibilities around weight loss and the improvement of metabolic health.
The type of fat that we are most familiar with is known as white fat, which are the cells our body uses to store excess energy, and the cells that give rise to double chins and beer bellies. Brown fat is found in large amounts in babies, and these cells contain higher amount of mitochondria that burn glucose to generate body heat, a process known as thermogenesis.
It was always thought that this type of brown fat was only common in newborns, but in 2009 scientists made a significant discovery, that it is indeed still present in adults, albeit in small amounts. This kickstarted a new field of research centered on the notion that white fat could potentially be coaxed into transforming into the healthier brown form to burn calories though thermogenesis, as a way of tackling ob
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