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Table 2b. Mean Intake of Protein & Mean Contribution of Various Foods among US Male Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  Males, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 1857 250 431 522 654
Mean Intake of Protein (gm) 79 53 64 75 105
Ranka Food Groupb, c gm
1 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 10.9 4.9 8.1 11.0 15.3
2 Pizza 7.1 2.3 5.1 6.6 11.1
3 Reduced fat milk 6.0 5.3 6.7 6.0 5.6
4 Burgers 5.1 0.7 2.2 4.1 9.9
5 Beef and beef mixed dishes 4.4 2.0 1.4 3.3 8.8
6 Yeast breads 4.2 2.3 3.8 3.5 5.9
7 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.5 3.2 3.7 3.7 3.2
8 Whole milk 3.4 6.0 4.0 2.2 3.0
9 Regular cheese 2.8 2.2 1.6 2.7 4.0
10 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 2.7 2.2 2.1 3.1 3.0
11 Mexican mixed dishes 2.6 1.1 1.5 3.0 3.8
12 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.2 1.2 1.4 1.8 3.4
13 Cold cuts 2.0 1.2 1.7 1.8 2.7
14 Grain-based desserts 1.8 1.0 1.9 1.8 2.1
15 Pork and pork mixed dishes 1.8 0.9 1.5 1.8 2.3
16 Dairy desserts 1.6 0.6 1.8 1.6 1.7
17 Ready-to-eat cereals 1.3 1.1 1.5 1.2 1.2
18 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 1.3 0.8 1.7 1.2 1.2
19 Skim milk 1.1 2.1 1.0 1.1 0.8
21 Reduced fat cheese 0.8 1.1 0.6 0.8 1.0
a: Rank for males 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 males 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 males 2-18 years old in descending order: ready-to-eat cereals, nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes, skim milk, potato/corn/other chips, reduced fat cheese, other fish and fish mixed dishes, soups.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013