Drinking water helps keep your body hydrated and flushes out toxins from your body.
The thing is, plain water is tasteless, thus the invention of fruit-infused water.
When fruits are infused in water, it makes it look fancy and gives the water a tasty and refreshing look, making it easy for people to hit their daily water intake target.
This piece will discuss the different fruits that can be infused in drinking water and what they do to your body.
We will also discuss the duration of time you should leave your fruits in water and how long it takes for them to go bad.
What Does Fruit In Water Do?
When you infuse your water with fruits, you get to enjoy a refreshing taste. Fruit-infused water can benefit you in the following ways.
- Refreshing and gentle taste
When you put fruits in your drinking water, it gives you refreshing and sweet-tasting water. It helps you reduce sugar intake by avoiding taking sodas and fruit juices.
- Improves digestion
If you suffer from indigestion, infuse your water with fruits that improve digestion, such as lime and pineapple.
Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, so you can use oranges and peaches if you want fruits high in vitamin content.
- Weight loss
It is common knowledge that people who drink plenty of water consistently tend to lose more weight than those who don’t.
To encourage weight loss, try infusing your water to motivate you to drink more water.
- It helps increase your water consumption
Many people do not love drinking plain water.
Infusing water with different fruits makes the water look and smell fancy, encouraging people to drink water throughout the day.
What Fruits Should I Put in My Water?
Suppose you want to make fruit-infused water from home; it’s pretty easy.
You first have to identify the fruits you love and can be infused in water, then the herbs and spices. As we all know, different fruits have varying benefits to our bodies.
Below are the various fruits and their properties.
Cucumber helps with inflammation by reducing puffiness, bloating and flushes out toxins. It also helps in hydrating your body.
Mint helps in soothing your stomach, and it is anti-inflammatory.
Watermelon has high levels of antioxidants and lycopene
Basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Lime is a natural detoxifier and also helps with digestion
Lemons have a load of benefits from helping with bloating, detoxification, weight loss, and aids digestion
Cantaloupe improves your skin and improves hair growth and shine
Peaches and Oranges have plenty of vitamin C, which is good for your skin
Turmeric is spicy and helps ease inflammation and pain. It can also improve heart health.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve digestion and reduce nausea.
If you have no idea which fruits to use, Pinterest is where you can go for inspiration and make your work easier;
below is a combination of fruits and herbs you can use with your drinking water.
- Cucumber and mint
- Apple and cinnamon
- Orange and ginger
- lemon and ginger
- Cantaloupe and cucumber
- Lemon and turmeric
- Blackberry and peaches
- Lemon and lime
- Watermelon and mint/basil
- Strawberries and mint/orange
After identifying the fruits, you want to use, cut them up into small pieces, then put them in your cold water.
If you are using cold water, you may need to leave the mixture in a fridge for 4 hours to make sure that the water has absorbed all the nutrients from the fruits.
If you want to speed up the absorption process, you can crush the fruits and herbs.
Herbs have a strong flavor, so a little goes a long way.
Alternatively, you can use citrus if you want a quick drink as it is quickly absorbed, but if you are planning on using berries or herbs, then you will have to wait for 4 hours.
However, if you are using warm water, you can leave to rest for about 2-3 hours before consumption.
Experiment with the different fruit and herbs combos till you find your go-to combo for making infused water.
For instance, if you want sweet water with an earthy and herbal flavor, you can try infusing oranges and rosemary.
Tips To Follow When Making Infused Water
Glass Jars Work Best.
Although you can use any food-grade container, glass is the best as it does it leach any flavor in the water, unlike plastic containers.
Ensure that all the jars, knives, cutting boards, and bowls used to hold the fruits are clean. Also, clean the fruits, herbs, and vegetables thoroughly. It ensures that no toxins are in the water.
Use Filtered Cold Water.
If you have used tap water, well, or hard water, you must have noticed that it has an after taste, which may affect your infused water overall flavor.
Make sure to use filtered or distilled water to get the best results.
Some people prefer using boiling water.
While it may be faster than cold water, boiled water destroys the fragile enzymes and vitamins in your fruits that are beneficial to your health.
More so, your fruits will disintegrate faster and look less pretty in less than two hours. So ensure that you use cold or room temperature water.
Refrigerate For About 2-3 Hours.
While it’s possible to enjoy your infused water as soon as 30 minutes are over after making it, it’s recommended that you let it rest in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours for the flavors to infuse.
But if you want tangy water, then leave it for 12 hours.
Crush The Ingredients.
To speed up the process, you can muddle the fruits and herbs with your spoon before placing your jar in the refrigeration. It helps them to release flavors faster into the water.
If you use citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, and oranges, your water may get a tad bitter because of the peels.
So if you don’t like bitterness, you can remove the rind before putting the fruits in the water.
But if you put it unpeeled, remove the fruits after infusing them for four hours to prevent the bitterness.
How Long Can You Leave Fruit in Water?
When using fruit-infused water, you must know the duration you are supposed to leave the fruits and herbs in the water before removing them.
The duration depends on preference, convenience, and the fruits you are using.
If your water is at room temperature, leave your fruits or herbs for a maximum of four hours, after which your water will have a flavor dependent on the fruits used.
Remove the fruits after four hours before they lose their bright and fresh appearance.
Suppose you want to keep sipping water all day long; you can refill your jar several times if you use lemon, lime, and oranges.
Citrus fruits such as lemon and lime last longer than other fruits because they are natural preservatives.
They help keep the water looking and tasting fresh for a long time.
However, if they stay for too long, your water will get a bitter taste because of the rinds, so if you plan to use it with a few pitchers, remove the peels.
Always ensure to finish unrefrigerated infused water on the same day to enjoy their freshness.
Unlike commercial fruit juices, infused water does not have preservatives, meaning it will go bad.
Therefore, if you do not finish the water within 24 hours, refrigerate and use it within three days from the day you made it.
You may wonder, can I eat the fruits after I remove them?
Yes, but you find they are not as tasty because the water has absorbed their juices.
So most become bland.
Caution: Do not drink fruit-infused water that has been outside the refrigerator for over 12 hours because it is a possible breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
Does Fruit Go Bad in Water?
Yes, if you leave your infused water unrefrigerated for over 24 hours, your fruits are bound to go bad.
That is why it is recommended that you store in the refrigerator any infused water that you are not using because your fruit will get soggy.
The berries will disintegrate, making the water look unappealing.
So, remove your fruits the minute you see them start to get soggy.
Also, use your nose and eyes because if your water looks and smells weird, then it’s time to empty your pitcher, clean it and prepare a new batch of fruits to use.
Making fruit-infused water is a fun and creative way to get to drink water. Now that you have a list of fruit combos you can use to make infused water.
What are you waiting for? Please go make your own fruit-infused water.