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Table 1a. Mean Intake of Dietary Fiber & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods among US Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Persons, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 3778 497 899 1047 1335
Mean Intake of Dietary Fiber (gm) 13 10 12 14 14
Ranka Food Groupb, c %
1 Yeast breads 8.4 6.7 7.8 7.8 9.8
2 Mexican mixed dishes 7.3 4.2 5.9 8.4 8.2
3 Pasta and pasta dishes 7.0 9.8 7.2 7.9 5.3
4 Pizza 6.1 2.7 4.5 5.3 8.8
5 Ready-to-eat cereals 5.8 7.1 7.5 5.0 4.8
6 Grain-based desserts 4.7 3.0 5.0 4.8 4.9
7 Fried white potatoes 4.5 3.9 4.1 4.0 5.5
8 Potato/corn/other chips 4.5 2.7 4.0 4.4 5.6
9 Apples and pears 4.0 6.0 4.9 4.2 2.7
10 Beans 2.9 3.3 2.7 3.5 2.5
11 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 2.8 1.7 2.4 3.1 3.2
12 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 2.5 2.4 2.7 2.7 2.1
13 Bananas 2.4 4.8 3.2 1.5 1.9
14 Dairy desserts 2.2 1.8 2.6 2.3 1.9
15 Popcorn 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.1 1.2
16 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 1.8 1.7 2.1 2.3 1.0
17 Other white potatoes 1.7 1.6 1.3 1.6 2.0
18 Burgers 1.4 0.4 0.9 1.3 2.2
30 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 0.9 3.1 1.1 0.4 0.6
a: Rank for persons 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 dietary fiber for persons 2-18 years old in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of dietary fiber for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of dietary fiber for persons 2-18 years old in descending order: popcorn, pancakes/waffles/French toast, other white potatoes, burgers, other fruit and fruit salad, candy, soups, beef and beef mixed dishes, citrus fruits, condiments, rice and rice mixed dishes, crackers, whole milk.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013