6 Hydrating Foods

02/24/2012 08:06 am ET

When you're truly parched, a tall glass of water really can't be beat. But water's not the only place where we get our hydration -- turns out, high water-volume foods can also provide our body with fluids.

In fact, fruits and vegetables are composed of 90 percent water, said Roberta Anding, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and director of sports nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital.

Even though the portions of fruits and vegetables we eat are likely not big enough to minimize the need to actually drink our fluids, they're still a good source of "time-released" fluid, said Anding, who also works as a sports dietitian for the Houston Texans football team.

When a person drinks a glass of water, it leaves the stomach and gets into the blood stream relatively quickly, she explained. But food takes some time to be digested, so it's a delayed fluid response.

For example, Anding makes sure that there are 13 to 17 different fruits and vegetables per meal when she plans out food for the Houston Texans. She'll make smoothies that have greek yogurt and berries -- they may not immediately quench thirst, but "it becomes that add-on hydration that helps you perform," she said.

Anding said that all fruits and vegetables are hydrating, so it's good to eat them all to get that "time-released" fluid (so there are no excuses if you don't like a particular fruit or vegetable!). And some dairy products, like milk and greek yogurt, are around 80 percent water, she added. If you're planning a hydration-friendly meal, click through this slideshow for some ideas -- and be sure to weigh in in the comments section on your favorite hydrating foods!

Hydrating Foods

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