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consist of a wide group of compounds that are generally soluble in organic solvents and generally insoluble in water.
, fats are
and any of several
s. Fats may be either
, depending on their structure and composition. Although the words "oils", "fats", and "
s" are all used to refer to fats, in reality, fat is a subset of lipid. "Oils" is usually used to refer to fats that are liquids at normal room temperature, while "fats" is usually used to refer to fats that are solids at normal room temperature. "Lipids" is used to refer to both liquid and solid fats, along with other related substances, usually in a medical or biochemical context, which are not soluble in water. The word "
" is also used for any substance that does not mix with water and has a greasy feel, such as
(or crude oil),
, regardless of its chemical structure.
Fats form a category of
, distinguished from other lipids by their
and physical properties. This category of molecules is important for many forms of life, serving both structural and metabolic functions. They are an important part of the
s (including humans). Fats or lipids are broken down in the body by enzymes called
s produced in the
Examples of edible animal fats are
and whale blubber. They are obtained from fats in the milk and meat, as well as from under the skin, of an animal. Examples of
edible plant fats
include peanut, soya bean, sunflower, sesame, coconut and olive oils, and
, used mainly for baking, and
, used in baking and as a spread, can be derived from the above oils by
These examples of fats can be categorized into
s. Unsaturated fats can be further divided into
s, which are the most common in nature, and
s, which are rare in nature but present in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
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Vegetable fats and oils
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
Omega-3 fatty acid
Omega-6 fatty acid
National Weight Control Registry
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