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Table 1b. Mean Intake of Energy and Mean Contribution (kcal) of Various Foods Among US Population, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Persons Age Group (years)
2-18 2-3 4-8 9-13 14-18 19+ 19-30 31-50 51-70 71+
Sample Size 8549 3778 497 899 1047 1335 4771 1310 1537 1224 700
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 2157 2027 1471 1802 2035 2427 2199 2407 2354 2020 1691
Ranka Food Groupb, c                      
1 Grain-based desserts 138 138 68 136 145 157 138 128 145 134 141
2 Yeast breads 129 114 65 98 109 151 134 120 128 149 141
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 121 113 59 92 122 143 123 154 141 97 67
4 Soda/energy/sports drinks 114 118 23 50 105 226 112 186 121 73 33
5 Pizza 98 136 47 95 128 213 86 129 108 48 21
6 Alcoholic beverages 82 6 - - - 18 106 120 135 82 40
7 Pasta and pasta dishes 81 91 86 97 101 78 78 92 81 75 50
8 Mexican mixed dishes 80 63 26 40 76 86 85 146 99 48 9
9 Beef and beef mixed dishes 64 43 19 23 42 70 71 81 78 58 55
10 Dairy desserts 62 76 40 93 86 64 58 48 58 59 78
11 Potato/corn/other chips 56 70 37 60 72 88 51 62 61 41 23
12 Burgers 53 55 14 27 49 99 53 71 60 40 25
13 Reduced fat milk 51 86 91 95 92 69 39 43 39 35 48
14 Regular cheese 49 43 32 31 41 60 51 64 52 45 37
15 Ready-to-eat cereals 49 65 58 77 60 61 44 50 39 41 57
16 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 49 47 43 44 53 46 49 47 53 51 39
17 Fried white potatoes 48 52 35 43 49 68 46 64 52 36 16
18 Candy 47 56 41 50 59 66 44 42 50 42 26
19 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 42 27 22 26 30 26 47 28 50 60 43
20 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 39 30 20 25 31 36 42 38 44 44 39
21 Rice and rice mixed dishes 36 24 19 20 28 24 41 49 49 30 20
22 Fruit drinks 36 55 46 51 51 65 29 45 33 18 13
23 Whole milk 33 60 104 76 42 45 25 30 28 17 22
24 Quickbreads 32 19 17 13 17 28 36 34 34 42 33
26 Soups 26 20 18 23 19 18 28 25 22 37 36
28 Other white potatoes 25 14 11 11 16 18 29 24 25 33 38
29 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 25 10 9 10 11 11 30 22 29 34 35
30 Crackers 24 27 38 34 24 21 23 25 23 21 25
a: Rank for all persons 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 energy for all persons in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of energy for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of energy for all persons in descending order: eggs and egg mixed dishes, rice and rice mixed dishes, fruit drinks, whole milk, quickbreads, cold cuts, soups, salad dressing, other white potatoes, other fish and fish mixed dishes, crackers, and 100% orange/grapefruit juice.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013