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Table 3. Top Food Sources of Calciuma among US Adults (ages 19+), 2005–06 NHANESb

Ranking Food item % Cumulative %
1 Reduced fat milk 9.8 9.8
2 Regular cheese 9.7 19.5
3 Miscellaneousc 6.5 26.0
4 Yeast breads 5.6 31.6
5 Pizza 5.3 36.9
6 Skim milk 4.9 41.8
7 Whole milk 4.7 46.5
8 Mexican mixed dishes 4.1 50.6
9 Dairy desserts 3.8 54.4
10 Pasta and pasta dishes 2.9 57.3
11 100% orange/grapefruit juice 2.7 60.0
12 Grain-based desserts 2.2 62.2
13 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.1 64.3
14 Ready-to-eat cereals 2.1 66.4
15 Reduced fat cheese 2.0 68.4
a: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of Calcium in adults in descending order: yogurt, meal replacements, chicken/chicken mixed dishes, coffee, burgers, soda/energy/sports drinks, beef/beef mixed dishes, soups, quickbreads, other fish/fish mixed dishes, alcoholic beverages, 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