(KYW Newsradio) — You may not know it but we actually have different kinds of fat in our bodies.
For example, brown fat is a type of fat that burns sugar and fat from food to warm the body.
Brown fat had a very important role in the days before shelter, fire and heat.
White fat is the fat that is stored in the body when people eat more food than the energy that they use.
Now there is a new report which suggests that caffeine could help people slim down by ramping up the brown fat to burn more calories.
The authors of the study used thermal scans to measure fat burning and energy release.
The thought is that a cup of java may be just what the body needs to help burn fat -- of course diet and the foods you take in are still the key factors leading to obesity.