9 Best Fruits and Veggies To Quench Your Thirst

FOOD  |  December 29, 2016
  • Cucumber
    1 / 9 Cucumber

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    Water content: 96 per cent  

    Cucumbers offer one of the highest water content of any food. They are also a common remedy to soothe swollen eyes or sunburn as they contain caffeic acid to reduce puffiness and skin irritation. 

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  • Strawberry
    2 / 9 Strawberry

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    Water content: 92 per cent

    Strawberries are one of the berries with the highest water content. These yummy fruits are also high in disease-fighting antioxidants. 

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  • Cabbage
    3 / 9 Cabbage

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    Water content: 93 per cent

    This low-calorie, high-fibre leafy vegetable contains lots of phyto-chemicals to help reduce your cancer risk and lower the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (aka “bad” cholesterol) levels in your blood.

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  • Grapefruit
    4 / 9 Grapefruit

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    Water content: 90 per cent 

    These juicy, refreshing fruits are not just vitamin C powerhouses, but may also be your key to weight loss success. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, obese participants who ate half a grapefruit before their meals lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t. Researchers couldn’t pinpoint an exact reason, but we think its high water and fibre content might have something to do with it.

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  • Zucchini
    5 / 9 Zucchini

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    Water content: 95 per cent 

    Add this hydrating veggie to your grocery cart. Zucchinis are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium and folate to keep your heart healthy. 

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  • Romaine lettuce
    6 / 9 Romaine lettuce

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    Water content: 95 per cent

    Lettuce leaves are an extremely low-calorie option (100g contains just 15 calories) to fill your salad bowl. Though they’re often overlooked, these high-water veggies are packed with vitamin K and vitamin A. 

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  • Watermelon
    7 / 9 Watermelon

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    Water content: 92 per cent 

    No surprises here. Reach for this water-rich fruit after a workout to hydrate yourself and promote faster muscle recovery too: In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists discovered that watermelon contains a certain amino acid that helps to reduce heart rate and muscle soreness after 24 hours. 

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  • Broccoli
    8 / 9 Broccoli

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    Water content: 91 per cent 

    This cruciferous vegetable has many cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory compounds. These mini trees are also rich in vitamin K and vitamin C.

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  • Tomato
    9 / 9 Tomato

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    Water content: 94 per cent 

    Tomatoes are commonly associated with lower cancer risk for their high lycopene content, among other powerful antioxidants. Reap the most benefits from your tomatoes by lightly cooking them first – doing so makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrient. 

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