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Foods that keep you hydrated

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Yakima, WASH.--As we head into the hottest part of the summer, it's even more important to stay hydrated. But drinking water doesn't have to be the only solution.

Did you know that milk is 87 percent water? Or that yogurt tops the charts as one of the foods with the highest water content? A lot of people didn't.

"I didn't know that, but now I do," said Mayra Sanchez.

"I didn't. I just usually drink water," said Alma Rodriguez.

When people think of the word hydrate, they usually think of water. Laura Murray asked some people to say the first word that came to their mind after hearing the word hydrate.

"Drink water, a lot of water just throughout the day," said Rodriguez.

"Drink water. Drink a lot of water," said Christina Gimamenze.

But nutritionists say people actually get 20 percent of their fluid intake from food.

Gerri Jennings, a Dietician in Yakima, said, "Citrus fruits, your oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, you get a lot of fluid from them as well."

Other liquids, aside from water, can also be used to stay hydrated.

"Anything that's liquid at room temp so that could be milk, it could be juice, could be even soda pop, ice tea, coffee," said Jennings.

Even though other liquids like juice and milk can be just as hydrating as water, they should not take the place of your water intake.

Nutritionists say drinking 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice is key. Otherwise, you're taking in a lot of excess sugar. In regards to milk, drinking it like it's water could lead to some weight gain.

"If you go by what many experts recommend which is  eight {servings of} 8 oz. cups of fluid a day or 64 ounces that's a lot of calories," said Jennings. "You're getting over 800 calories from milk, and that's only if you drink non-fat milk."

Some other foods with high water content include watermelons at 92 percent, grapefruits at 91 percent and apples at 84 percent.

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