Java junkies, drink up! Yet another reason to drink coffee comes via a study conducted by University of Nottingham researchers: coffee helps burn calories in a specific way.
At issue is a substance called “brown fat” — which, unlike white fat, is actually beneficial. Brown fat burns calories by generating body warmth that melts sugar and fat. And coffee kicks brown fat into gear, according to the university study.
Brown fat is centered in the neck, primarily. The university study actually showed, through the use of thermal imagery, the substance heating up after test subjects drank coffee.
Once that component is isolated, it could be used as part of a healthcare regimen says the study, which was published in the science journal Nature.