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Q: Muscle of Fat - which higher in water? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Muscle of Fat - which higher in water?
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: nayna-ga
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Posted: 06 Aug 2003 01:20 PDT
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Question ID: 240594
Which is higher in water content, in general: (human) muscle or fat?

Clarification of Question by nayna-ga on 06 Aug 2003 01:26 PDT
Please note that I am talking about the scientific amount of water in
isolated fat and muscle samples.  I'll be watching to see if any other
clarification needs to happen.
Subject: Re: Muscle of Fat - which higher in water?
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 06 Aug 2003 05:23 PDT
Hello nayna,

Muscle tissue has a higher water content than fat tissue.  I have
found two sources which both say that human fat tissue contains about
10% water.  One source then says that muscle tissue contains 70-75%
water, while the other cites muscle and other tissues as containing
70% water.

"Sports Nutrition" on the web site of Montana State University
"Body Fluids And Regulation"  Chapter 24 of Textbook in Medical
Physiology And Pathophysiology : Essentials and clinical problems, by
Poul-Erik Paulev, published by Copenhagen Medical Publishers  1999 -

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