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Table 5b. Mean Intake of Added Sugars & Mean Contribution (tsp) 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 7.5 7.3 7.6
2 Grain-based desserts 2.7 2.5 2.8
3 Fruit drinks 2.2 3.4 1.8
4 Dairy desserts 1.4 1.8 1.2
5 Candy 1.3 1.6 1.2
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 0.8 1.5 0.6
7 Sugars/honey 0.7 0.3 0.9
8 Tea 0.7 0.5 0.8
9 Yeast breads 0.4 0.4 0.4
10 Syrups/toppings 0.4 0.7 0.3
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