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Table 3a. Mean Intake of Carbohydrates & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods among US Female Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  Females, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 1921 247 468 525 681
Mean Intake of Carbohydrates (gm) 241 200 231 252 257
Ranka Food Groupb, c %
1 Soda/energy/sports drinks 9.3 2.9 6.0 9.1 14.3
2 Grain-based desserts 7.9 4.0 7.9 8.8 8.2
3 Yeast breads 7.4 5.9 6.3 8.1 8.2
4 Pasta and pasta dishes 5.4 6.1 5.7 6.1 4.2
5 Fruit drinks 5.1 6.0 5.3 3.9 5.8
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 4.8 6.2 6.0 4.4 3.7
7 Pizza 4.4 2.0 3.5 4.1 6.1
8 Candy 4.1 4.1 3.4 3.7 5.0
9 Dairy desserts 4.1 3.3 6.2 3.8 2.6
10 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 3.8 13.3 4.1 2.5 2.1
11 Reduced fat milk 3.5 5.4 4.0 3.9 2.2
12 Potato/corn/other chips 3.2 2.0 2.2 3.6 4.0
13 Mexican mixed dishes 2.9 1.3 2.4 3.1 3.7
14 Fried white potatoes 2.3 1.8 2.3 2.3 2.5
15 Whole milk 1.9 3.6 2.8 1.6 1.0
16 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 1.8 1.6 2.4 2.3 0.8
17 Rice and rice mixed dishes 1.7 2.0 1.5 2.3 1.4
18 100% orange/grapefruit juice 1.7 1.6 1.3 2.0 1.9
20 Syrups/toppings 1.5 0.8 2.7 1.6 0.6
21 Crackers 1.5 3.0 1.6 1.2 1.3
28 Yogurt 0.8 2.1 0.9 0.5 0.5
a: Rank for females 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 females 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 females 2-18 years old in descending order: whole milk, pancakes/waffles/French toast, rice and rice mixed dishes, 100% orange/grapefruit juice, chicken and chicken mixed dishes, syrups/toppings, crackers, apples and pears, soups, bananas.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013