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Table 2a. Mean Intake of Potassium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Percentage Potassium Contribution of Various Foods Among US Males, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Males Age Group (years)
2-18 2-3 4-8 9-13 14-18 19+ 19-30 31-50 51-70 71+
Sample Size 4146 1857 250 431 522 654 2289 549 758 614 368
Mean Intake of Potassium (mg) 2978 2414 2081 2200 2252 2858 3172 3004 3342 3179 2850
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 2543 2249 1519 1923 2158 2865 2645 2869 2838 2418 1969
Ranka Food Groupb,c                      
1 Reduced fat milk 5.9 11.5 11.7 14.3 12.5 8.8 4.4 5.0 4.1 4.0 5.4
2 Coffee 4.9 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.5 6.2 2.3 6.3 8.5 7.4
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 4.7 5.3 3.0 4.4 5.9 5.9 4.6 5.5 4.9 4.0 2.8
4 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.8 2.8 1.7 1.0 2.5 4.6 4.1 5.2 4.4 2.8 4.0
5 Fried white potatoes 3.7 4.2 3.4 3.6 4.0 5.1 3.6 4.4 3.9 3.0 1.9
6 100% orange/grapefruit juice 3.7 3.2 2.3 2.9 2.5 4.0 3.8 4.1 3.2 4.1 4.8
7 Potato/corn/other chips 3.2 4.0 2.8 3.7 3.7 4.6 2.9 2.9 3.4 2.7 1.9
8 Pizza 3.1 4.7 1.7 3.6 4.7 6.1 2.7 4.3 3.1 1.4 0.7
9 Whole milk 3.1 6.5 13.2 8.6 4.6 4.8 2.2 2.0 2.4 1.9 2.9
10 Mexican mixed dishes 3.0 2.3 1.1 1.4 2.8 2.7 3.1 5.7 3.4 1.6 0.6
11 Other white potatoes 2.9 2.0 1.4 1.0 2.5 2.4 3.1 2.7 2.5 4.0 4.3
12 Alcoholic beverages 2.5 0.2 - - - 0.5 3.1 3.6 3.6 2.4 1.2
13 Yeast breads 2.4 2.3 1.5 2.3 2.1 2.6 2.4 2.0 2.1 3.1 2.9
14 Pasta and pasta dishes 2.4 3.2 3.7 3.5 4.0 2.4 2.1 3.0 2.0 1.8 1.9
15 Burgers 2.3 2.8 0.5 1.3 2.5 4.6 2.2 3.1 2.3 1.8 1.0
16 Dairy desserts 2.3 3.6 1.6 4.5 4.0 3.2 2.0 1.5 1.9 2.3 2.8
17 Skim milk 2.1 2.2 4.8 2.1 2.6 1.4 2.0 1.9 1.7 2.4 2.6
18 Bananas 2.0 1.9 4.2 2.7 1.2 1.3 2.0 0.7 1.5 3.2 3.8
19 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 2.0 1.4 1.0 2.1 1.3 1.1 2.1 1.4 2.0 2.8 2.2
20 Cold cuts 1.9 1.5 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.7 2.0 1.9 2.1 1.8 1.8
21 Soups 1.9 1.1 1.1 1.8 1.1 0.8 2.1 1.8 1.6 2.4 4.1
22 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 1.8 1.9 1.7 1.4 2.1 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.0 1.4
23 Tea 1.8 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.6 1.2 2.1 2.1 1.9 2.7 1.5
24 Grain-based desserts 1.8 2.0 1.3 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.4 1.7 1.8 2.0
25 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 1.8 3.5 10.1 5.5 1.9 1.7 1.3 2.0 1.0 1.1 1.4
26 Condiments 1.7 1.6 1.0 1.4 1.6 1.9 1.7 2.0 1.9 1.5 1.0
28 Ready-to-eat cereals 1.6 1.8 1.8 2.4 1.9 1.5 1.5 0.9 1.5 1.6 2.5
29 Pork and pork mixed dishes 1.5 1.1 0.8 1.1 0.9 1.3 1.7 1.4 1.7 2.0 1.2
30 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 1.5 0.6 0.7 0.2 0.5 0.8 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.2
a: Rank for all males 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 males 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 males in descending order: cold cuts; soups; sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs; tea; grain-based desserts; 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit; condiments; beans; ready-to-eat cereals; pork and pork mixed dishes; other fish and fish mixed dishes; eggs and egg mixed dishes; rice and rice mixed dishes.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013