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Table 1a. Mean Intake of Added Sugar & Percentage Contribution (kcal) of Various Foods Among US Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2003–04

  All Persons, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 3553 424 781 1001 1347
Mean Intake of Added Sugar (kcal) 365 197 329 381 444
Ranka Food Groupb, c          
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 31.8 11.4 19.9 30.7 44.5
2 Fruit drinks 15.0 19.3 17.0 13.6 14.1
3 Grain-based desserts 10.9 11.3 11.2 12.4 9.4
4 Dairy desserts 7.9 7.6 10.4 8.8 5.5
5 Candy 6.8 8.5 7.0 7.8 5.6
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 6.4 8.3 8.3 6.4 4.9
7 Syrups/toppings 2.8 6.1 3.6 3.0 1.7
8 Tea 2.1 3.2 2.0 1.7 2.3
9 Yeast breads 1.9 1.9 1.7 2.2 1.8
10 Whole milk 1.7 3.2 2.7 1.9 0.6
12 Reduced fat milk 1.3 1.3 2.4 1.1 0.8
13 Yogurt 1.2 4.0 2.5 0.4 0.5
a: Rank for persons 2-18 years old only. Columns for other age groups are ordered by this ranking. The top five food groups for each age group are bolded.
b: Specific foods contributing at least 2% of added sugar for all persons 2-18 years old in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of added sugar for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of added sugar for all persons 2-18 years old in descending order: yeast breads, whole milk, sugars/honey, reduced fat milk, yogurt, jams and jellies.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013