Q: Does one piece of fruit equal a glass of water? Can you drink your fruits in fruit juices, too? And do coffee and tea count?

Experts Susan Westmoreland, Food Director, GHRI explains how to get hydrated from fruit.

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Susan says: All three – fruit, coffee, and tea – count toward your fluid requirements, but the amount of fluid you get from each varies. Depending on the fruit, you’ll get anywhere from one ounce (for an apricot) to five ounces (for a cup of pineapple strawberries or watermelon). Since coffee and tea both contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, you’ll get less fliud from them. But don’t get bogged down in the numbers. A scientific panel found that most of us do a good ob of meeting our fluid needs by drinking with meals and when we’re thirsy. Enjoying plenty of anti-aging produce – as outlined in our meal plan – will also go along way toward helping you (and your skin) stay hydrated.

In terms of nutrients, while 100 percent fruit juices, like organe juice, have a wealth of good-for-you nutrients, drinking rather than eating the fruit will cost you in calories – there are 110 in an eight-ounce glass of OJ compared to 50 in a small orange. The juice also lacks fiber (a small orange has over two grams), so those additional calories don’t do a good job of controlling your hunger. That’s why I suggest reaching for a piece of fruit as a snack and using juice to add an element of flavor to a meal, as we’ve done with our Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon.