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Table 2. Top Food Sources of Calciuma among US Children & Adolescents (ages 2-18), 2005–06 NHANESb

Ranking Food item % Cumulative %
1 Reduced fat milk 19.5 19.5
2 Whole milk 10.3 29.9
3 Pizza 8.3 38.2
4 Regular cheese 7.6 45.8
5 Yeast breads 4.8 50.6
6 Dairy desserts 4.5 55.1
7 Skim milk 3.6 58.7
8 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.3 62.0
9 Miscellaneousc 3.2 65.2
10 Mexican mixed dishes 2.8 68.0
11 Ready-to-eat cereals 2.7 70.7
12 Reduced fat cheese 2.2 72.9
13 100% orange/grapefruit juice 2.1 75.0
a: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of Calcium in children and adolescents in descending order: pancakes/waffles/French toast, grain-based desserts, yogurt, fruit drinks, burgers, chicken/chicken mixed dishes, eggs/egg mixed dishes, and potato/corn/other chips.
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