15 Fruits with Highest Water Content You Should Have this Summer
Apr 17, 2017
During the summer, it’s essential that you stay hydrated. Drinking the recommended amount of water and exercising regularly is highly beneficial. Along with your diet, you could also include fruits that are rich in water content. Check out 15 fruits that can help you beat the heat during this dry and hot season.
Easily available and inexpensive, watermelon is undoubtedly an excellent source of natural water for your body. With a high water content of over 90%, it should be your preferred snack all summer.
With over 85% water content, oranges are a great source of nutrients such as vitamin A, B, and C as well as other nutrients such as calcium and potassium. They have a cooling property as well.
Plums are a major source of potassium and several other nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorous and dietary fibre. They have around 85% water content, meaning you’ll stay well hydrated when you consume them regularly.
Although it may seem a bit hard to believe, apples have around 84% of water content as well. Apples are known to improve digestion, boost the immune system and improve your overall health. No wonder there’s a saying – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
They go by many names including mush melon, musk melon, honeydew melon and kharbooja. Cantaloupes have a water content of 90%. They’re known to be good for your skin and hair apart from its ability to reduce the risk of obesity.
Strictly speaking, while this is a vegetable and not a fruit, it comes quite close to being one, as it’s eaten in ways similar to fruits. Cucumber has a very high water percentage, and it is ideal when you’re feeling dehydrated.
With over 90% water content, grapefruit is also known as a wonder fruit. It can improve your immunity, help in rapid weight loss, and lower insulin levels. However, take note that this fruit tends to interact with certain medication and thins the blood.
Papaya is high in vitamin C and has 88 to 91% water content. The enzymes in papaya have shown effectiveness in reducing inflammation and improved healing from burns. It also acts as a great summer coolant.
While it may be slightly lower on water content (of around 75%) compared to the other fruits listed here, the nutrients packed in this fruit make up for it. Bananas act as a great hangover cure, owing to the high amount of potassium present in the fruit.
10. Sweet limes
Sweet lime in the form of juice is a popular thirst quencher in summer. Even when ingested directly, it has a high water content of over 88%. The fruit is easily digested, making it a great choice for those hot summer afternoons.
A powerhouse of nutrients, pineapple has over 87% water content. It’s low in sodium and fat, while at the same time being high in calcium, manganese, potassium and phosphorous. The juicy and fleshy nature of the fruit ensures that your body remains hydrated as well as cleansed from all the harmful toxins that have accumulated.
Often thought of as a vegetable, the tomato is, in fact, a fruit. Tomatoes are very high in water content (over 94%) and contain essential nutrients that’ll help you stay hydrated even in the extreme summer heat.
Almost all berries are high in water content, but strawberries (with 92% water content) deserve a mention due to their easy availability in summer. These fruits are known to give you a feeling of satiety, thereby reducing your urge to snack.
Grapes contain around 82% water content. They are readily available in summer and owing to their small size, make a great and healthy snacking option. They’re rich in vital nutrients including vitamin C.
While they’re not as easily available in India, peaches have a water content of around 88%. They are juicy and fleshy. Peaches are low in calories and hardly contain any fat. While you can have them anytime, consuming them during breakfast is ideal. Don’t opt for the sweetened tinned peaches though, as they have high sugar content and low nutritive value.
Summer is a harsh season, especially in India. Drink clean water regularly and consume healthy fruits is essential. Also, take necessary precautions like staying indoors when it’s extremely hot during the day.
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