Off the various constituents that are found in the human body, water occurs
in the largest quantity. As a food substance, it is an extremely
important feature of a person's diet. Its chief purpose is to replenish
the liquids of the body and to assist in the digestion of food.
Although nature provides considerable amounts of water
in most foods, large quantities must be taken in the diet as a
beverage. In fact, it is the need of the body for water that has led to
the development of numerous beverages. Besides being necessary in
building up the body and keeping it in a healthy condition, water has a
special function to perform in cooking, as is explained later. Although
this food substance is extremely essential to life, it is seldom
considered in the selection of food, because, as has just been
mentioned, nearly all foods contain water.
supplies no energy to the body, but it plays a very important part in
nutrition. In fact, its particular function in the body is to act as a
solvent and a carrier of nutritive material and waste. In doing this
work, it keeps the liquids of the body properly diluted, increases the
flow of the digestive juices, and helps to carry off waste material.
However, its ability to perform these necessary functions in the right
way depends on its quality and its safety.
Use of Water in the Body
Kinds of Water
Water and Beverages
Solution and Digestion
Foreign Materials in Water
Water is Body Regulating Foodstuff
Uses of Water
Cooking with Moist Heat
Learn More About Water:
The Hydrologic Cycle - A Multi-Phased Journey
The Water Table
The Water Cycle and Climate Change
The Aqua Mission and the Water Cycle