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Table 3a. Mean Intake of Added Sugar & Percentage Contribution (kcal) of Various Foods Among US Female Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2003–04

  All Females, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 1787 219 403 514 651
Mean Intake of Added Sugar (kcal) 323 175 298 338 384
Ranka Food Groupb, c          
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 29.7 11.4 16.1 28.8 43.5
2 Fruit drinks 15.3 18.2 18.3 14.3 13.5
3 Grain-based desserts 11.9 11.4 12.5 14.7 9.2
4 Dairy desserts 8.9 10.7 10.4 10.2 6.3
5 Candy 7.1 9.4 6.6 8.0 6.4
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 5.8 10.2 6.8 5.3 4.8
7 Syrups/toppings 2.7 4.6 4.3 2.0 1.9
8 Tea 1.8 1.0 1.8 1.8 2.0
9 Yeast breads 1.8 2.3 2.0 1.9 1.5
10 Sugars/honey 1.5 1.2 1.5 0.6 2.3
11 Whole milk 1.5 1.9 3.1 1.4 0.4
12 Yogurt 1.2 2.5 2.6 0.4 0.7
13 Reduced fat milk 1.1 1.2 2.2 0.8 0.6
a: Rank for females 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 females 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 females 2-18 years old in descending order: tea, yeast breads, sugars/honey, whole milk, yogurt, reduce fat milk, jams and jelly, condiments.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013