Hydration is an often overlooked benefit to including plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet.
Being that we are made up of about 60% water, every system in our body relies on water. Food contributes approximately 20% of your total daily water intake on average so you don’t have to rely just on drinking water to meet your body’s hydration needs.
This infographic from Earthbound Farm highlights the water content of some fresh fruit and vegetable favorites that are more than 90% water which can help you stay healthy and hydrated.
There are many different fruits and veggies which are over 90% water that you can add to your diet to help keep yourself properly hydrated. Here's a handy list of foods with a 90% or higher water content that are both refreshing and nutrient dense:
Berries are all great sources of water, hovering in the high 80%, but strawberries have the highest water content with 91%.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it is great at fighting cancer cells, and it is 91% water.
Carrots are a good source of beta carotene and fiber. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents and is 90% water.
Cantaloupe is an excellent source of Vitamin A, is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, and is 90% water.
Cauliflower may look devoid of nutrients, but it is actually filled with vitamins and phytonutrients and is 92% water.
Celery has folate and vitamins A, C, and K and is 96% water.
Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food at 97%.
Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper at 92% water.
Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and contains 90% water.
Iceberg lettuce may not have the highest nutrient rating, but it is 96% water.
Radishes have high-antioxidant content and a water content of 95%.
Red, yellow, and green peppers all have about 92-93% water content.
Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene and have a water content of 95%.
Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber, and folate and is 91% water.
Watermelon can thank the powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene for its red hue and is 92% water.
Zucchini has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein with a water content of 95%.