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29 Foods Almost Completely Made of Water

An adult human needs to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated—more for larger people, for those who exercise hard, and those who live in hot environments.

This is fairly well-known advice. What’s not common knowledge, however, is that not all of water needs to come in a glass. We absorb about twenty percent of our daily water requirement from the food we eat. Indeed, some fruits and vegetables are almost completely water, making them an ideal choice when you need to stay hydrated. Here’s a handy list to help you quickly choose water-rich food.

foods made up of water

Vegetables and Their Water Percentages
Water rich vegetables typically have low caloric levels and leave you feeling full after eating them, so in addition to staying hydrated, the following can also help you lose weight while meeting your recommended amount of five veggie servings a day:

• Baby carrots (90 percent)
• Broccoli (91 percent)
• Cauliflower (92 percent)
• Celery (95 percent)
• Cucumber (97 percent)
• Eggplant (92 percent)
• Green cabbage (93 percent)
• Green peppers (94 percent)
• Iceberg Lettuce (96 percent)
• Radishes (95 percent)
• Red cabbage (92 percent)
• Spinach (91 percent)
• Tomatoes (95 percent)
• Watermelon (92 percent)
• Zucchini (95 percent).

Water-Rich Fruit
Water-rich fruit tends to have more calories than vegetables but as long as you don’t eat more the four servings a day, you should be fine. These fruits are all made up of at least 80 percent water:

• Cantaloupe (90 percent)
• Star Fruit (91 percent)
• Strawberries (91 percent)
• Grapefruit (91 percent)
• Peaches (88 percent)
• Pineapple (87 percent)
• Oranges (87 percent)
• Raspberries (85 percent)
• Apricots (86 percent)
• Blueberries (84 percent)
• Plums (85 percent)
• Apples (84 percent)
• Cherries (81 percent)
• Grapes (81 percent).

Do remember water-rich vegetables and fruit are not a substitute for drinking fresh filtered water, but they do help keep you hydrated. So if you only drank seven glasses of water a day, don’t despair—if you ate a couple of the foods on these lists you made your eight-glass goal!


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