What are wet foods?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Wet foods have two properties: high water volume (over 70%) and high fiber. If you bite into it and it's juicy, or if you add water and it swells up, it's a wet food. Watch as I explain why you should eat wet foods daily.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When you’re dehydrated, you hold onto water in the wrong places, which can make you look and feel bloated. Foods that are wet are full of water to flush out your system and fight inflammation. Wet foods have two main characteristics -- a water content of 70% or higher and 5 grams of fiber or more per serving. They’re usually whole foods with low salt content. Since most food labels don’t display water content, identify wet foods by seeing if they fit into either of these two criteria:
  1. Wet fruits and vegetables should juice if you bite or cut into them. For instance, banana and avocado are not wet foods.
  2. If the food swells or requires water or liquid to be prepared, it can be considered a wet food. For example, you need water to prepare dry beans and oats and chia seeds swell when wet.
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