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Table 1. Top Food Sources of Calciuma among US Population (ages 2+), 2005–06 NHANESb

Ranking Food item % Cumulative %
1 Reduced fat milk 12.2 12.2
2 Regular cheese 9.2 21.4
3 Whole milk 6.1 27.5
4 Pizza 6.1 33.6
5 Miscellaneousc 5.7 39.3
6 Yeast breads 5.4 44.7
7 Skim milk 4.5 49.2
8 Dairy desserts 4.0 53.2
9 Mexican mixed dishes 3.8 57.0
10 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.0 60.0
11 100% orange/grapefruit juice 2.6 62.5
12 Ready-to-eat cereals 2.2 64.8
13 Grain-based desserts 2.1 66.9
14 Reduced fat cheese 2.0 68.9
a: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of Calcium in descending order: eggs/egg mixed dishes, yogurt, chicken/chicken mixed dishes, meal replacements, burgers, coffee, pancakes/waffles/French toast, soda/energy/sports drinks, fruit drinks, potato/corn/other chips, and beef/beef mixed dishes.
b: NHANES = National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
c: The miscellaneous category includes items such as sugar substitutes, unreconstituted cocoa powder, powdered butter replacement, and cornstarch.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013