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Table 3a. Mean Intake of Potassium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Percentage Potassium Contribution 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 Potassium (mg) 2273 1993 1990 1938 2111 1937 2359 2194 2449 2426 2213
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 1790 1796 1419 1691 1903 1937 1788 1957 1884 1660 1487
Ranka Food Groupb,c                      
1 Reduced fat milk 5.9 11.5 14.4 12.0 12.7 8.7 4.5 5.1 3.9 3.9 6.6
2 Coffee 5.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.0 6.7 2.2 7.7 8.2 7.5
3 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 4.3 4.2 2.7 3.9 4.4 4.7 4.4 5.2 4.9 3.6 2.9
4 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.3 2.5 1.1 2.1 2.7 3.1 3.5 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.3
5 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.2 4.5 4.9 4.1 5.1 4.0 2.9 2.8 3.0 3.4 1.4
6 Potato/corn/other chips 3.2 4.4 3.1 3.5 4.3 5.8 2.9 4.5 3.3 1.8 1.7
7 100% orange/grapefruit juice 3.1 3.7 2.8 2.8 4.3 4.4 2.9 4.0 2.2 2.7 4.4
8 Other white potatoes 2.8 2.0 1.8 2.1 1.6 2.6 3.0 2.9 2.7 2.8 5.1
9 Fried white potatoes 2.8 4.1 2.5 4.0 4.0 4.9 2.5 4.0 2.5 2.2 0.6
10 Whole milk 2.7 5.6 10.2 8.2 3.9 3.2 2.0 3.6 2.1 0.8 1.3
11 Dairy desserts 2.7 3.2 2.4 4.4 3.4 2.2 2.6 2.4 2.5 2.2 4.0
12 Soups 2.6 1.4 2.5 1.6 1.2 1.1 2.9 2.7 2.0 4.2 2.9
13 Tea 2.4 0.7 0.3 0.4 0.5 1.5 2.9 1.8 2.6 4.2 2.2
14 Skim milk 2.4 2.1 1.7 2.3 2.5 1.7 2.4 2.8 2.2 2.3 3.1
15 Yeast breads 2.3 2.3 1.6 1.8 2.5 2.7 2.3 2.4 1.9 2.5 3.1
16 Bananas 2.3 2.0 2.3 2.6 1.4 1.9 2.4 1.3 2.0 3.0 3.6
17 Mexican mixed dishes 2.2 2.7 1.0 2.1 3.1 3.5 2.0 3.8 2.2 1.3 0.2
18 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit 2.1 4.7 13.2 5.0 3.1 2.8 1.4 1.7 1.7 1.1 0.9
19 Pizza 1.9 3.2 1.2 2.3 3.0 5.0 1.6 2.1 2.0 1.0 0.7
20 Grain-based desserts 1.8 2.1 0.8 2.0 2.5 2.2 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.5 2.1
21 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 1.7 0.8 0.6 1.2 0.8 0.4 1.9 0.8 2.1 2.3 2.3
22 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 1.7 1.2 1.4 0.9 1.5 1.2 1.8 1.1 2.1 1.9 1.6
23 Cold cuts 1.6 2.0 1.3 1.3 2.4 2.6 1.5 1.7 1.9 1.1 1.4
24 Ready-to-eat cereals 1.5 1.5 1.8 1.8 1.3 1.2 1.5 1.9 1.2 1.4 2.3
25 Beans 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.7 0.7 1.5 1.5 1.3 2.0 1.1
26 Burgers 1.5 1.7 0.9 1.1 1.5 2.6 1.4 2.1 1.4 1.1 0.9
31 Yogurt 1.2 1.1 2.5 1.3 0.7 0.7 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.6 1.1
33 Condiments 1.2 1.7 1.0 1.2 2.4 1.6 1.1 1.5 1.1 0.9 0.5
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 potassium for all females 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 females in descending order: pizza; grain-based desserts; other fish and fish mixed dishes; nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes; cold cuts; ready-to-eat cereals; beans; burgers; lettuce; eggs and egg mixed dishes; alcoholic beverages; tomatoes; yogurt; vegetable medleys and other vegetables; condiments; sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs; pork and pork mixed dishes.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013