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Table 1b. Mean Intake of Potassium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Mean Potassium Contribution (mg) 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 Potassium (mg) 2617 2208 2038 2064 2184 2423 2749 2593 2889 2784 2482
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 2157 2027 1471 1802 2035 2427 2199 2407 2354 2020 1691
Ranka Food Groupb,c                      
1 Reduced fat milk 154 253 264 272 275 213 122 131 117 110 150
2 Coffee 135 6 1 1 3 17 176 59 200 232 185
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 119 105 58 85 114 133 123 140 141 106 71
4 Beef and beef mixed dishes 94 59 29 32 56 98 105 116 115 89 90
5 100% orange/grapefruit juice 90 76 52 59 73 102 94 106 80 96 114
6 Fried white potatoes 87 92 60 78 88 121 85 110 95 73 30
7 Potato/corn/other chips 83 91 60 75 86 123 81 93 96 64 45
8 Whole milk 77 135 240 173 93 102 58 70 66 39 52
9 Other white potatoes 75 44 33 32 45 60 84 71 75 95 117
10 Pasta and pasta dishes 72 83 87 79 98 72 68 75 71 70 41
11 Mexican mixed dishes 68 54 21 36 64 73 73 126 83 41 9
12 Pizza 68 89 30 61 85 138 61 88 76 34 17
13 Dairy desserts 65 75 40 91 82 68 62 50 63 62 85
14 Yeast breads 62 50 31 43 50 63 65 56 59 79 75
15 Skim milk 58 48 69 45 56 37 61 59 55 65 71
16 Soups 57 28 36 35 25 21 67 57 51 89 87
17 Bananas 55 43 67 54 29 37 60 25 51 87 92
18 Tea 55 16 5 6 12 32 68 52 63 94 47
19 Burgers 51 51 14 24 44 94 51 69 56 41 24
20 Alcoholic beverages 50 3 - - - 10 66 73 83 51 24
21 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 50 89 235 108 54 51 37 48 38 31 28
22 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 48 29 24 31 31 28 54 33 58 67 47
23 Grain-based desserts 46 45 22 45 51 49 47 42 49 46 51
24 Cold cuts 46 38 25 27 42 49 49 47 58 41 39
25 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 42 15 14 15 14 16 51 34 54 57 57
27 Ready-to-eat cereals 40 37 37 44 35 33 41 34 38 42 60
28 Beans 40 24 21 21 30 21 45 40 46 55 27
29 Condiments 39 36 20 27 43 44 40 47 45 34 18
36 Yogurt 24 22 45 25 19 15 24 24 24 28 16
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 potassium for all persons in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of potassium for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of potassium for all persons in descending order: burgers; alcoholic beverages; 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit; nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes; grain-based desserts; cold cuts; other fish and fish mixed dishes; sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs; ready-to-eat cereals; beans; condiments; eggs and egg mixed dishes; pork and pork mixed dishes; tomatoes; lettuce; vegetable medleys and other vegetables; rice and rice mixed dishes.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013