Hate Water? Surprising Foods That Will Leave You Hydrated Instead
Some people can't stand drinking normal, regular old water (cough, cough...Buzz Adams). But I've got some good news for Buzz and for those of you who also want to survive on this planet while avoiding the experience of drinking water as much as possible.
There isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all answer to how many glasses of water we all should be drinking. The general guideline is to aim for about 8 glasses, which is equivalent to around 64 ounces or about 2 liters of water.
So, what happens if you hate the taste of water?
Huffpost.com did a study and came up with a list that's just for you. Here are 8 foods that are surprisingly hydrating - so make sure to stock up on these for the summer.
1. Plain Yogurt (Regular or Greek) - According to registered dietitian Kayley Myers, “Yogurt is a surprising food that can help increase your fluid intake. Because it is made from milk, yogurt consists of about 85% fluid. A 1-cup serving of plain yogurt contains just over 3/4 cup of water. This is also a great way to incorporate protein, calcium and probiotics into your diet.”
2. Cauliflower - Cauliflower isn’t as obviously water-dense as tomatoes or cucumbers, but whether you enjoy it grilled, boiled, baked, or riced, “it’s still over 90% water,” according to Megan Wong, a registered dietitian at AlgaeCal.
3. Bone Broth - This one doesn't seem AS surprising, but it still makes the list. “Any food that’s liquid at room temperature counts as a fluid,” said Natalie Allen, a clinical assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at the Department of Public Health and Sports Medicine at Missouri State University, noting that soups and broths are good for hydration.
4. Kimchi - Although cabbage is a main ingredient in Kimchi, it was surprising to me that hydrating water would survive the fermentation process. But it does! “Kimchi is a savory way to improve your hydration while getting friendly bacteria that supports intestinal health,” said Stephanie Meyers, senior clinical dietitian and nutritionist at Iris by OncoHealth.
5. Salmon - Magnesium, like sodium, is a nutrient that promotes hydration throughout the body. And, according to Sara Barthel, a functional medicine nutritionist, “foods like salmon have both potassium and magnesium.”
6. Pretzels - This one seems suspicious... but according to board-certified registered dietitian Anne Murray: “the salt helps retain water, keeping you hydrated for longer!” Sodium is an electrolyte, and one of its functions is to hydrate the body by carrying water to the cells, according to Cedars-Sinai.
7. Chia Seeds - “Chia seeds are not only a great source of protein, fiber and omega-3 fats, they are also remarkable for hydration,” said registered dietitian Sheri Berger. “When chia seeds sit in water for a period of time, they soak up the liquid and form a gel.”
8. Coffee - Yup, you read that right. Caffeinated coffee isn't the anti-hydration dietary item you might expect. Caffeine is a diuretic, causing water to be excreted from the body. “But the water loss it causes is short-lived,” according to Joan Salge Blake, a program director and clinical professor in nutrition at Boston University. “In other words, the caffeine doesn’t cause a significant loss of body water over the course of a day compared with decaffeinated beverages.”