Drink plenty of water during the heat, they say. And there is nothing to argue with. Now you can slurp on a Dopper all day long, but know that there are also suitable foods to hydrate effectively. That way it will be tasty too!
20 percent of the water we ingest comes from food. And you can try to boost that during this heat. Our Manners colleagues therefore made a list of foods with a lot of water. Get the watermelon and cucumber at home
Foods with a lot of water
Now you can of course just drink 2 liters of water a day, and a little more during the heat. But according to the British Nutrition Foundation , over 20 percent of our fluid intake comes from our food. And that would be a lot more effective. With that in mind, we’ll tell you which foods are the most effective for hydrating.
Research from the University of Aberdeen shows that certain low-fiber, water-rich fruits and vegetables can hydrate the body twice as effectively as water. The study showed that a seemingly simple product like watermelon is the absolute champion when it comes to hydration of the human body. A watermelon, as the name suggests, consists of no less than 92 percent water. The other 8 percent is made up of sugar and a variety of mineral salts that are essential for fluid balance.
Cucumbers contain even more water than watermelon, at about 96 percent. It is therefore the ideal water substitute. A cucumber provides twice the volume of water, thanks to its mineral salts and sugars. If you remove the peel before eating a cucumber, you enhance the hydrating effect of this vegetable.
Bananas are not only tasty, they are also packed with moisture. Bananas are high in potassium, which is one of the most important electrolytes. If your body does not get enough fluids, an imbalance of electrolytes in the body can occur. Eating potassium-rich foods should prevent the symptoms. Bananas consist of 74 percent water, a good reason to eat a banana after exercise.
Melon may be a very watery fruit, but when it comes to berries, the strawberry is the absolute king. The red fruits contain a whopping 92 percent water, making it a particularly tasty way to stay hydrated. If you finely grind the strawberries, the fibers of the skin of the fruit will be broken, which makes it easier for the body to absorb moisture.
Of course milk is not a fruit, but it is so rich in moisture that it should not be missing from this list. A 2011 study by McMaster University in Canada showed that milk is more effective than consuming the usual (sports) drinks. The combination of high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes make milk indispensable.
Getting enough fluids is important. Even more important is the balance of mineral salts. This is where spinach comes in. Spinach is not only very rich in water, the vegetable also contains a lot of magnesium. This is an essential electrolyte, just like potassium and sodium. Along with its 92 percent water content, eating spinach is a great way to provide your body with adequate fluids.
Iceberg lettuce may not have as much nutritional value as other vegetables, but when it comes to moisture, it is an absolute champion. The green, crispy leaves contain no less than 96 percent moisture. We have to make a note about that. Iceberg lettuce is not only rich in moisture, but also rich in fiber. This in turn reduces the effectiveness of the large amount of moisture.
Another delicious product: radishes. The tip: make a cross-shaped incision in the radishes and soak them in a bowl of water before eating them. This way it is not only a healthy snack, but you also immediately get a lot of moisture.
Radishes are 95 percent water, almost as much as iceberg lettuce. The radish is considered a coolant in folk medicine, and many people swear by its heat-dissipating properties. For maximum moisturizing effects, peel the radish to remove some of the fiber.
Of course, the tomato should not be missing from this overview. They are not only tasty and nutritious, but can also provide the body with sufficient moisture. Tomatoes consist of up to 94 percent water. If you want to take full advantage of the moisture in the tomato, first remove the sometimes stiff skin. Blanching in boiling water and then placing the tomato in ice-cold water allows the skin of the tomato to peel off easily.
You will think that soup contains a lot of moisture, because it is made on the basis of water. True, of course, but one soup is not the other. If you really want to take advantage of the moisture content of soup, choose one of the many vegetarian soups. Blending vegetables breaks down the tough cell walls of the plants, making the nutrients and water content easier for the body to absorb.
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