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Table 1b. Mean Intake of Sodium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Mean Sodium Contribution (mg) of Various Foods Among US Population, by Age, NHANES 2005–06

  All Persons Age Group (years)
2-18 2-3 4-8 9-13 14-18 19+ 19-30 31-50 51-70 71+
Sample Size 8549 3778 497 899 1047 1335 4771 1310 1537 1224 700
Mean Intake of Sodium (mg) 3436 3129 2144 2694 3227 3793 3535 3814 3781 3306 2686
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 2157 2027 1471 1802 2035 2427 2199 2407 2354 2020 1691
Ranka Food Groupb,c                      
1 Yeast breads 250 225 130 200 219 288 258 227 245 291 285
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 233 232 110 184 236 314 233 291 268 181 123
3 Pizza 217 295 101 206 280 461 192 284 241 108 51
4 Pasta and pasta dishes 174 210 211 223 225 183 162 201 162 154 104
5 Cold cuts 155 133 84 102 141 173 162 150 199 132 130
6 Condiments 150 128 72 91 143 169 157 169 187 136 81
7 Mexican mixed dishes 142 118 46 74 145 159 149 260 176 78 13
8 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 140 143 133 132 164 137 140 130 142 151 121
9 Regular cheese 122 110 87 86 99 149 125 148 132 115 84
10 Grain-based desserts 118 116 55 113 125 131 119 109 125 117 123
11 Soups 115 75 69 80 78 70 128 118 102 167 136
12 Beef and beef mixed dishes 112 77 41 42 90 111 123 150 133 99 96
13 Rice and rice mixed dishes 89 58 45 48 72 60 99 127 117 73 47
14 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 88 64 41 48 60 89 96 92 102 100 77
15 Burgers 84 90 23 48 84 159 82 110 98 56 36
16 Salad dressing 83 41 18 35 28 67 97 95 113 88 69
17 Ready-to-eat cereals 69 97 95 111 89 93 59 69 52 54 82
18 Potato/corn/other chips 61 84 48 76 88 102 54 65 65 42 25
19 Pork and pork mixed dishes 60 39 37 40 27 51 67 62 68 72 60
20 Quickbreads 59 39 29 31 34 55 65 56 62 81 53
21 Other white potatoes 56 29 19 22 34 34 64 51 52 81 92
22 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 51 21 23 22 20 21 61 43 67 61 73
24 Reduced fat milk 44 73 74 80 80 60 34 37 33 31 42
25 Crackers 43 49 65 61 44 36 42 47 41 37 46
27 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 39 59 43 60 86 39 33 36 28 38 28
35 Whole milk 22 40 69 51 29 30 17 20 19 17 15
a: Rank for all persons 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 sodium for all persons in descending order are listed. Specific foods contributing at least 2% of sodium for any given subgroup are then also listed in italics.
c: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of sodium for all persons in descending order: potato/corn/other chips, pork and pork mixed dishes, quickbreads, other white potatoes, other fish and fish mixed dishes, fried white potatoes, reduced fat milk, crackers, soda/energy/sports drinks, and pancakes/waffles/French toast.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013