How Much Water is on Your Plate? Breaking Down Water in Food

The drought has many people changing their behavior when itcomes to how much water they use.

Some are taking shorter showers.

Others are shutting off the water while they brush their teeth.

But what about eating habits?

A report by National Geographicmay have you thinking twice about your dinner plate.

Its researchers found that the average diet takes 1,300 gallonsof water a day to produce.

That's 474,500 gallons a year.

If you like beef, it takes about 1,800 gallons of water toproduce one pound.

This includes irrigation for grains, plus water for drinkingand processing.

If you prefer chicken, it takes 470 gallons of water for onepound.

When it comes to milk it takes 880 gallons of water to help produceone gallon.

Cheese? It takes about 600 gallons of water to produce onepound of cheese.

One slice of bread takes 11 gallons of water to produce. Mostof that water is used to produce the wheat.

If fruit is your thing, there's plenty of water there, too.

One pound of orangesor roughly two navel orangestakes about13 gallons of water.

Roughly 18 gallons of water are used to produce just one apple.

But what about apple juice?

It takes 60 gallons of water, to produce just one cup.

And, if all these numbers make you want to reach for a drink,know there's plenty of water in that, too.

One gallon of beer requires 68 gallons of water.

That breaks down to 20 gallons for one cup.