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Table 5a. Mean Intake of Added Sugars & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods Among US Population, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Persons 2-18 years 19+ years
Sample Size 8272 3553 4719
Mean Intake of Added Sugars (tsp) 21 23 20
Ranka Food Groupb, c      
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 35.7 31.8 37.1
2 Grain-based desserts 12.9 10.9 13.7
3 Fruit drinks 10.5 15.0 8.9
4 Dairy desserts 6.6 7.9 6.1
5 Candy 6.1 6.8 5.8
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 3.8 6.4 2.9
7 Sugars/honey 3.5 1.4 4.2
8 Tea 3.5 2.1 4.0
9 Yeast breads 2.1 1.9 2.2
10 Syrups/toppings 1.9 2.8 1.5
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: syrups/toppings.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013