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Fats and oils

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What are fats and oils?

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Oils are distinguished from fats by the fact that they are normally liquid at room temperature. Fats are normally solid at room temperature.


You can get oil out of many plant products, if you squeeze them hard enough.

Animal fats include:


Vegetable and animal fats and oils

Edible fats and oils, including animal fats and vegetable fats (vegetable oils), are an important component of the human diet. Lack of adequate food energy is a continuing problem in many areas of the developing world and in famines, resulting in malnutrition, disease, and deaths; while in the developed countries over-consumption of fats leads to obesity and serious health problems.

They can also be used for biofuel, through conversion to biodiesel or direct use as straight vegetable oil.

A more recent use is the production of bioplastics.W[verification needed]

Fats are the carriers of several important vitamins, and are also an important source of food energy (calorie).

Petroleum products

Inedible oils include petroleum products, used as fossil fuels, in the production of plastics, as well as many other modern products such as perfumes.please expand

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