According to a new study published in Scientific Reports, coffee stimulates human body to burn calories in a process called thermogenesis.
Talking about the latest findings, Michael Symonds, from the University of Nottingham said, “The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them.”
While the thermogenic properties are too minimal, the researchers explained that the ‘brown fat’, responsible for the process was previously thought to be present in hibernating animals or human babies.
Symonds explained, “Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold. increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid [cholesterol] levels, and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss.”
In order to see if it’s possible to stimulate the ‘brown fat’ to burn calories, the researchers tried to find out if caffeine can work. Interestingly, the researchers found out that the caffeine is in fact responsible for stimulating the fat. However, he revealed that the team is still trying to find out which components are responsible for the phenomenon as they can be used to create a health management regime.