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Table 4a. Mean Intake of Added Sugar & Percentage Contribution (kcal) of Various Foods Among US Children & Adolescents, by Race/Ethnicity & Family Income, NHANES 2005–06

  All Persons Race/Ethnicity Family Income
Non-Hispanic Whites Non-Hispanic Blacks Mexican-Americans ≤ 130% Poverty 131-185% Poverty ≥ 186% Poverty
Sample Size 3553 980 1229 1062 1536 465 1401
Mean Intake of Added Sugar (kcal) 365 376 368 351 361 336 374
Ranka Food Groupb, c              
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 31.8 34.7 21.8 31.5 30.4 32.7 32.6
2 Fruit drinks 15.0 12.2 24.3 19.0 15.0 11.9 15.5
3 Grain-based desserts 10.9 10.3 12.1 11.5 11.4 12.3 10.2
4 Dairy desserts 7.9 8.4 7.2 5.8 7.3 7.2 8.5
5 Candy 6.8 6.3 9.4 6.1 7.1 6.3 6.8
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 6.4 6.5 7.1 5.5 7.7 8.0 5.4
7 Syrups/toppings 2.8 3.0 2.9 2.5 1.8 2.3 3.5
8 Tea 2.1 2.5 1.3 1.4 2.3 3.4 1.8
9 Yeast breads 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.9 1.8 1.9
10 Whole milk 1.7 1.4 1.3 2.9 2.3 2.1 1.4
a: Rank for all persons 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 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 in descending order: yeast breads, whole milk, sugars/honey, reduced fat milk, yogurt, jams and jelly.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013