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Table 3b. Mean Intake of Protein & Mean Contribution of Various Foods among US Female Children & Adolescents, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  Females, 2-18 years Age Group (years)
2-3 years 4-8 9-13 14-18
Sample Size 1921 247 468 525 681
Mean Intake of Protein (gm) 61 50 56 66 65
Ranka Food Groupb, c gm
1 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 7.1 4.5 5.8 8.0 8.5
2 Reduced fat milk 5.0 6.3 4.9 5.8 3.7
3 Pizza 4.0 1.7 3.0 4.0 5.8
4 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.9 4.2 4.1 4.1 3.4
5 Yeast breads 3.4 2.2 2.7 3.9 4.0
6 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.3 1.5 2.7 3.9 4.1
7 Mexican mixed dishes 2.7 0.9 1.6 3.3 3.9
8 Burgers 2.5 1.5 1.6 2.5 3.8
9 Whole milk 2.4 4.5 3.4 1.7 1.3
10 Regular cheese 2.4 1.6 2.1 2.1 3.2
11 Cold cuts 2.1 1.3 1.4 2.7 2.7
12 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 1.8 1.6 2.1 2.1 1.2
13 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 1.6 1.3 1.7 1.8 1.5
14 Grain-based desserts 1.5 0.7 1.4 1.8 1.7
15 Dairy desserts 1.1 0.8 1.5 1.2 0.8
16 Ready-to-eat cereals 0.9 1.1 1.1 0.9 0.7
17 Soups 0.9 1.4 1.1 0.8 0.7
18 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 0.9 1.0 0.6 1.2 0.9
19 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 0.9 0.8 1.4 0.9 0.4
21 Pork and pork mixed dishes 0.9 1.2 1.2 0.7 0.5
30 Yogurt 0.5 1.1 0.6 0.3 0.3
a: Rank for females 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 females 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 females 2-18 years old in descending order: dairy desserts, ready-to-eat cereals, soups, nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes, other fish and fish mixed dishes, potato/corn/other chips, pork and pork mixed dishes, skim milk, reduced fat cheese, pancakes/waffles/French toast, tuna and tuna mixed dishes.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013