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Foods With the Lowest Water Footprint

We had a fantastic response to our post about hidden water in everyday products, which led many of you to ask the important question: Which foods have the lowest water footprint?
 
The answer: Vegetables and fruit.
 
There was a reason we were told to eat our vegetables and fruit as children. Not only can shifting to a vegetarian diet drastically reduce your risk of heart disease, it can also reduce our national food related water footprint by more than a third.
 
Want some help picking some tasty, water-saving vegetables and fruit? Check out our list below of vegetables and fruit with the lowest water footprint.
 
Lettuce
I pound of lettuce requires 15 gallons of water
 
Lettuce
credit: Shinichiro Hamazaki from Flickr
 
Tomatoes
1 pound of tomatoes requires 22 gallons of water
 
Tomatoes
credit: epSos.de from Flickr
 
Cabbage
1 pound of cabbage requires 24 gallons of water
 
cabbage-water-footprint
credit: William Warby from Flickr
 
Cucumbers
1 pound of cucumbers requires 28 gallons of water
 
cucumbers-water-footprint
credit: Karen and Brad Emerson from Flickr
 
Orange
1 pound of oranges requires 55 gallons of water
 
orange-water-footprint
credit: rafael-castillo from Flickr
 
Grapes
1 pound of grapes requires 78 gallons of water
 
grapes-water-footprint
credit: Anders Ljungberg from Flickr
 
Strawberries
1 pound of strawberries requires 33 gallons of water
 
strawberries-water-footprint
credit: Riza Nugraha from Flickr
 
Eggplants
1 pound of eggplants requires 25 gallons of water
 
eggplants-water-footprint
credit: chichacha from Flickr
 
Beans
1 pound of beans requires 43 gallons of water
 
beans-water-footprint
credit: cookbookman17 from Flickr
 
Apples
1 pound of apples requires 84 gallons of water
 
apples-water-footprint
credit: Mike Mozart from Flickr
 

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings and cold weather coating applications. Castagra products are NSF-61 certified and are used by the world’s top water and wastewater contractors.