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Table 1b. Mean Intake of Protein & Mean 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 Protein (gm) 70 52 60 71 86
Ranka Food Groupb, c gm
1 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 9.1 4.7 6.9 9.6 12.1
2 Pizza 5.6 2.0 4.0 5.4 8.6
3 Reduced fat milk 5.5 5.7 5.8 5.9 4.7
4 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.9 1.8 2.1 3.6 6.5
5 Burgers 3.8 1.1 1.9 3.3 7.0
6 Yeast breads 3.8 2.3 3.2 3.7 5.0
7 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.7 3.7 3.9 3.9 3.3
8 Whole milk 2.9 5.3 3.7 2.0 2.2
9 Mexican mixed dishes 2.7 1.0 1.6 3.1 3.8
10 Regular cheese 2.6 1.9 1.9 2.4 3.6
11 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 2.2 1.8 1.9 2.5 2.3
12 Cold cuts 2.0 1.3 1.5 2.2 2.7
13 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.0 1.4 1.7 2.0 2.4
14 Grain-based desserts 1.7 0.9 1.7 1.8 1.9
15 Dairy desserts 1.4 0.7 1.6 1.4 1.3
16 Pork and pork mixed dishes 1.3 1.0 1.3 1.3 1.4
17 Ready-to-eat cereals 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.0 1.0
19 Skim milk 1.0 1.4 0.9 1.1 0.8
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 protein for persons 2-18 years old in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of protein for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of protein for persons 2-18 years old in descending order: dairy desserts, pork and pork mixed dishes, ready-to-eat cereals, nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes, skim milk, potato/corn/other chips, soups, other fish and fish mixed dishes, reduced fat cheese, pancakes/waffles/French toast.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013