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58.1 INTRODUCTION

Fats and oils are important constituents of balanced diet for human beings. Fats are solids while oils are liquids at room temperature. A substance which behaves as an oil in a tropical country such as Ghana may behave as a fat in a country with colder climate. However, fats and oils have the same basic structure. Fats and oils are generally insoluble in water but are soluble in organic solvents.