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Table 3a. Mean Intake of Energy and Percentage Contribution of Various Foods Among US Females, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Females Age Group (years)
2-18 2-3 4-8 9-13 14-18 19+ 19-30 31-50 51-70 71+
Sample Size 4403 1921 247 468 525 681 2482 761 779 610 332
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 1790 1796 1419 1691 1903 1937 1788 1957 1884 1660 1487
Ranka Food Groupb, c                      
1 Grain-based desserts 6.8 7.0 3.7 6.9 7.7 7.3 6.7 6.3 6.8 6.3 8.4
2 Yeast breads 6.0 5.6 4.5 4.9 6.0 6.2 6.1 5.8 5.2 6.9 8.4
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 5.5 5.0 3.8 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.6 6.3 6.1 4.8 3.8
4 Pasta and pasta dishes 4.7 5.5 6.8 6.1 5.8 4.2 4.4 4.0 4.7 5.2 2.6
5 Soda/energy/sports drinks 4.2 4.9 1.6 3.2 4.7 7.4 4.0 6.4 4.0 2.5 2.0
6 Pizza 3.6 5.4 2.7 4.3 5.0 7.4 3.0 3.5 3.8 2.1 1.3
7 Mexican mixed dishes 3.3 3.4 1.5 2.4 3.9 4.4 3.2 5.1 3.5 2.3 0.3
8 Dairy desserts 3.2 3.6 3.0 5.2 3.7 2.2 3.1 2.6 2.8 3.0 5.4
9 Beef and beef mixed dishes 2.8 2.0 0.9 1.8 2.2 2.4 3.0 2.8 3.0 3.2 2.9
10 Potato/corn/other chips 2.7 3.7 2.7 2.7 4.0 4.6 2.4 3.0 2.6 1.9 1.4
11 Regular cheese 2.5 2.2 1.9 2.1 1.8 2.7 2.5 3.1 2.3 2.4 2.4
12 Reduced fat milk 2.4 4.3 7.0 4.8 4.6 2.9 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.8 3.1
13 Candy 2.4 3.0 3.1 2.5 2.8 3.6 2.3 1.9 2.7 2.2 1.7
14 Alcoholic beverages 2.4 0.1 - - - 0.4 3.1 3.0 3.9 2.5 1.4
15 Ready-to-eat cereals 2.4 3.0 4.1 3.7 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.6 1.7 2.0 3.3
16 Burgers 2.0 2.0 1.3 1.4 1.9 2.8 2.0 2.6 2.0 1.7 1.4
17 Fried white potatoes 2.0 2.6 2.0 2.6 2.6 2.7 1.8 2.5 1.8 1.6 0.5
18 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 1.9 1.3 1.8 0.9 1.6 1.1 2.0 1.0 2.3 2.6 2.1
19 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 1.8 2.1 1.9 2.4 2.2 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.7 1.7 2.4
20 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.9 0.9 1.9 1.8 1.7 2.3 1.8
21 Fruit drinks 1.7 2.7 3.3 2.9 2.0 3.0 1.4 1.9 1.6 0.8 0.8
22 Rice and rice mixed dishes 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.1 1.7 1.1 1.8 1.9 2.0 1.6 1.3
23 Quickbreads 1.7 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 1.0 1.9 1.5 1.7 2.6 2.1
24 Soups 1.5 1.2 1.7 1.6 0.9 0.9 1.6 1.4 1.2 2.4 1.8
25 Salad dressing 1.5 1.1 0.5 1.0 0.7 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.6 2.1 1.2
26 Whole milk 1.5 2.8 6.1 4.1 2.0 1.4 1.1 1.7 1.2 0.5 0.8
27 Crackers 1.3 1.4 2.9 1.6 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.7
28 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 1.3 0.6 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.2 1.5 0.6 1.5 2.0 2.1
30 Other white potatoes 1.2 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.9 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.3 2.5
31 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 1.0 2.1 7.6 2.3 1.4 1.1 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.5
33 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 0.8 1.6 1.5 2.2 2.0 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.6 0.6
34 Hot cereal 0.8 0.3 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.3 1.0 0.6 0.7 1.2 2.2
a: Rank for all females 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 females 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 females in descending order: nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes; sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs; eggs and egg mixed dishes, fruit drinks, rice and rice mixed dishes, quickbreads, soups, salad dressing, whole milk, crackers, other fish and fish mixed dishes, cold cuts, other white potatoes, and 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013