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Why coffee affects metabolism

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers found the caffeine in one standard cup of coffee stimulated brown fat activity, burning more energy and potentially improving insulin sensitivity. These activities may help improve weight management
  • Daily coffee drinkers also enjoy greater metabolism of fatty acids and a downregulation of the endocannabinoid system, which regulates cognition, immunity, sleep and appetite, having the opposite effect in the body than the ingestion of cannabis
  • Your body has white fat and brown fat cells; the white cells may be programmed to brown cells when the programming is not naturally suppressed by a special protein. Conversion of white to brown fat is known as "beige" or "brite" fat
  • The location of fat is important, since subcutaneous fat just under the skin is not as dangerous as visceral fat found deep in your abdomen around your organs. You may increase the activity of the brown fat you already have through exercise, exposure to cold and sleeping in a cool environment

Many people struggle with obesity and being overweight. According to the CDC, the prevalence of both conditions was measured nationally in 2015-2016, finding 71.6% of the U.S. population were either overweight or obese. Although some corporations, like Coca-Cola propose you may out-exercise a poor diet, research has found it is a combination of a healthy diet and exercise that has the greatest benefit.

In mid-2015 The New York Times reported on the activities of Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit organization funded by Coca-Cola to promote the argument that exercise is more important than diet. The organization disbanded by the end of the year.


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