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Table 3b. Mean Intake of Dietary Fiber & Mean 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 Dietary Fiber (gm) 12 10 11 13 12
Ranka Food Groupb, c gm
1 Yeast breads 1.0 0.7 0.8 1.2 1.1
2 Mexican mixed dishes 1.0 0.3 0.9 1.0 1.3
3 Pasta and pasta dishes 1.0 1.0 0.8 1.2 0.8
4 Potato/corn/other chips 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.8
5 Grain-based desserts 0.6 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.6
6 Ready-to-eat cereals 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.4
7 Pizza 0.6 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8
8 Fried white potatoes 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.6
9 Apples and pears 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.3
10 Beans 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.2
11 Bananas 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3
12 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3
13 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.2
14 Dairy desserts 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.1
15 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.1
16 Popcorn 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2
20 Soups 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1
27 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1
28 Corn 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
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 dietary fiber for females 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 females 2-18 years old in descending order: pancakes/waffles/French toast, popcorn, other white potatoes, other fruit and fruit salad, candy, soups, rice and rice mixed dishes, citrus fruits, condiments, crackers, burgers, beef and beef mixed dishes, 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit, corn.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013