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Table 2a. Mean Intake of Carbohydrates & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods among US Male Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  Males, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 1857 250 431 522 654
Mean Intake of Carbohydrates (gm) 299 211 262 286 372
Ranka Food Groupb, c %
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 12.4 2.7 4.3 10.6 20.5
2 Yeast breads 7.6 5.6 7.8 6.7 8.7
3 Grain-based desserts 7.5 5.8 8.9 7.9 6.8
4 Pizza 6.3 2.7 4.7 5.8 8.2
5 Ready-to-eat cereals 5.6 6.0 7.6 5.3 4.5
6 Fruit drinks 5.2 5.5 5.2 5.5 4.9
7 Dairy desserts 4.4 3.1 5.9 5.2 3.1
8 Candy 3.7 3.7 4.6 4.2 2.8
9 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.6 4.9 4.6 4.1 2.4
10 Reduced fat milk 3.5 4.3 4.8 3.7 2.3
11 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 2.8 9.5 4.4 1.4 1.4
12 Potato/corn/other chips 2.7 1.8 3.0 2.6 2.7
13 Mexican mixed dishes 2.6 1.8 1.9 3.5 2.5
14 Fried white potatoes 2.3 2.4 2.0 2.1 2.6
15 Whole milk 2.2 5.1 3.0 1.6 1.6
16 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 2.2 1.3 1.8 2.5 2.4
19 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 1.4 1.6 1.2 2.3 0.9
20 Crackers 1.3 2.6 2.1 1.3 0.7
21 Apples and pears 1.3 2.1 1.9 1.4 0.6
25 Bananas 1.0 2.7 1.4 0.6 0.6
a: Rank for males 2-18 years old 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 carbohydrates for males 2-18 years old in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of carbohydrates for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of carbohydrates for males 2-18 years old in descending order: 100% orange/grapefruit juice, rice and rice mixed dishes, pancakes/waffles/French toast, crackers, apples and pears, syrups/toppings, burgers, quickbreads, bananas.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013