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Table 3b. Mean Intake of Energy and Mean Contribution (kcal) 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 121 126 53 117 147 141 120 123 127 105 125
2 Yeast breads 107 101 64 83 114 120 109 114 98 114 125
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 98 89 54 84 96 101 100 124 116 80 56
4 Pasta and pasta dishes 84 98 97 103 111 82 79 79 88 86 38
5 Soda/energy/sports drinks 75 88 23 54 90 144 71 125 76 42 29
6 Pizza 64 97 38 73 96 144 54 69 71 35 19
7 Mexican mixed dishes 59 62 21 41 74 85 58 99 66 37 5
8 Dairy desserts 57 65 42 88 71 43 55 50 52 50 80
9 Beef and beef mixed dishes 49 37 12 31 42 47 53 54 56 53 43
10 Potato/corn/other chips 48 67 38 46 77 88 43 58 50 31 20
11 Regular cheese 44 39 26 35 35 53 45 60 43 40 36
12 Reduced fat milk 44 77 100 81 87 56 34 37 31 29 46
13 Candy 43 54 43 42 53 71 40 38 50 36 25
14 Alcoholic beverages 43 3 - - - 8 55 59 73 41 21
15 Ready-to-eat cereals 42 54 58 63 52 45 39 51 33 34 49
16 Burgers 36 36 19 24 36 54 36 51 38 28 21
17 Fried white potatoes 35 47 29 44 50 53 32 49 34 27 7
18 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 33 23 26 15 30 22 37 20 43 42 32
19 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 32 38 27 40 43 35 31 30 32 28 36
20 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 32 26 22 27 36 18 34 34 32 38 27
21 Fruit drinks 30 49 47 49 39 59 25 38 30 14 12
22 Rice and rice mixed dishes 30 24 20 19 32 21 32 38 38 27 19
23 Quickbreads 30 16 13 15 15 19 35 30 31 43 31
24 Soups 27 22 24 28 18 18 29 27 23 40 27
25 Salad dressing 27 19 7 17 13 33 30 30 31 34 17
26 Whole milk 27 50 87 70 38 27 20 34 22 9 13
27 Crackers 24 26 41 27 22 24 23 25 23 20 25
28 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 23 10 10 15 11 5 26 12 27 34 32
30 Other white potatoes 21 14 12 14 12 17 23 21 21 22 37
31 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 18 37 107 38 26 21 13 15 15 10 7
33 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 15 29 21 37 39 14 11 16 9 10 8
34 Hot cereal 15 6 14 7 3 6 17 11 14 20 32
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