Fat Tissue

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

  • About
Fat tissue is a special form of connective tissue, one in which some of the cells take on the role of storing energy. Animals form fat tissue in three different parts of the body: just under the skin, where it can provide insulation as well as energy; in well-defined deposits in the body cavity, often around the kidneys, intestine, and heart; and in the connective tissue separating muscles and the bundles within muscles. The term “marbling” is used to describe the pattern of white splotches in the red matrix of muscle.