When it comes to staying hydrated, nothing beats a glass of water, but beverages aren’t the only thing that can help stay hydrated. Many fruits are an excellent source of water, especially during the hot summer months.
In fact, about a fifth of our daily fluid intake comes from the food we eat. Before you reach for that fruit bowl, though, know that not all fruits are the same when it comes to hydration.
Here are 6 water-rich fruits to include in your diet.
cucumber, 96% water.
Cucumbers are about 96% water, the highest water content of any food. They are also low in calories and provide lots of vitamins and fiber.
Tip: Add cucumber to salads, snack on cucumber sticks with hummus, or mix cucumber with mint and lime for a refreshing drink.
The yellow melon, 91% water.
It’s no surprise that yellow melon is about 91% water. Melons are also low in calories and sugar and a good source of potassium. This nutrient helps maintain good blood pressure, as well as proper nerve and muscle function.
Oranges, 86% water.
Oranges contain about 86% water. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, clementines are good sources of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps nourish muscles, bones, tendons, arteries and skin. It also contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system and nervous system and allows the body to absorb the iron contained in food.
Tip: Peel and slice 2 oranges and 3 carrots and mix with arugula, avocado and olive oil to make a carrot, orange and avocado salad. You can also put orange pieces in a fruit salad and top with yoghurt and seeds. A small glass of orange juice (150 ml) is also part of your five meals a day.
Pineapples are a tasty and deliciously juicy fruit, popular for their rich and aromatic flavor. In fact, pineapple offers a remarkable reserve of vitamin C, essential for fighting cell damage and boosting the immune system. Pineapple’s high magnesium content improves bone health. Pineapple is also high in fiber and antioxidants.
Blueberries – 84% water.
Blueberries are very popular for their tangy flavor and are used in the preparation of many types of desserts such as muffins, pies, and cheesecake. But did you know that blueberries have exceptional health benefits? Blueberries are a natural blood purifier and were also used in ancient times to treat coughs and colds. They are a super rich source of antioxidants and may also support brain health.
Mangoes – 83% water.
Mangoes are undoubtedly the most popular summer fruit and we know how popular they are. In addition to being a very appetizing fruit, mangoes are also used in the preparation of many desserts. Don’t you think it’s nice to enjoy a glass of mango cocktail on a sunny day?
The mango is nicknamed the king of fruits, and why not? Mangoes are great for promoting good digestion. They are loaded with antioxidants and can therefore boost immunity. They lower cholesterol and promote eye health. So many reasons why the mango is one of the best summer fruits.
What are you waiting for? Enjoy fruit to the fullest this season and enjoy it as a healthy snack or add it to your smoothies, yoghurts, ice creams or juices. Fruit is a great alternative to satisfy your sweet cravings while maintaining your health.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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