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Food Sources

Understanding what foods contribute to energy, nutrient, and food group intake enhances our ability to monitor diets relative to recommendations and gives context for dietary guidance. Examining the top sources of dietary constituents that should be reduced is especially helpful for identifying targets for changes in the marketplace and food environment.

The top food sources of the dietary components listed below have been identified using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Both the percentage contribution (e.g., 5.3% of energy from soda) and mean contribution (e.g., 114 kcal from soda) of various foods to each dietary component are provided, with stratification by age group, gender, race/ethnicity, and family income.

MyPyramid Food groups


Energy & Discretionary Calories


Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014