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Fats: What are They?


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Fats: What are they?
Author: Alex Borja

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Fats are organic compounds in our body that are insoluble to water which are usually a cluster of glycerol and fatty acids. It can come in two forms, liquids and solids. As to not confuse everyone with the difference between words you may have heard at some point, namely fats, oils, and lipids.

At room temperature fats may be in liquid form or in a solid state, it all depends on the composition and make up of their structure. The word oil refers to any fat that is liquid at room temperature. Think about all oil you buy at the store. It is liquid so it can easily be poured while cooking and clearly says the word “oil” on the label.

Fats which are solid at room temperature are simply referred to as “fat”. These are the common ways in which these two terms are used it just all depends on if they are a liquid or solid at room temperature.

Now, the word “lipid” saves us the trouble of distinguishing the other two. When you say the word lipid, you are referring to both fats and oils. Lipids are an important part of our diet and without them we wouldn’t be alive. These lipids perform a variety of functions such as provide heat, help keep a full stomach longer, and create those “feel good” hormones.

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