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Boosting the “good” fat: Kids may lead the way

Brown fat

Just as there’s good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, good carbs and bad carbs, there’s also good fat. Whereas white fat stores energy, padding our hips, thighs, arms and bellies, brown fat — studded with energy generators known as mitochondria – burns energy.  Newborns have a ring of brown fat around their necks, helping them stay warm. By adulthood, it’s detectable in only 3 percent of men and 7.5 percent of women, with higher rates among younger and thinner people.

In a study released yesterday by the Journal of Pediatrics, positron emission tomography (PET) scanning reveals the presence of brown fat in nearly half of children, though its level of energy-burning activity varies.

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