What Foods and Beverages Provide Water

If we combine the routes of water loss from our body, it totals about 2 to 3 liters (2 to 3 quarts or 8 to 12 cups) per day. If the amount of water lost from the body is not at least matched by the amount of water provided to the body, then dehydration can occur. However, this does not necessarily mean that we need to drink 8 to 12 cups of pure water every day because there is water in most of the foods we eat, including water-based fluids such as milk, coffee, tea, juices, and drinks such as soda, Kool-Aid®, sport drinks, etc. On the average we drink about 1 liter of water daily in the form of water or other fluids such as soft drinks. Furthermore, we receive about 1 liter of water in the foods we eat. Foods such as fruits and vegetables will have a relatively high water content compared with meats, breads, and fats (Table 7.2).

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