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Table 3a. Mean Intake of Sodium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Percentage Sodium 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 Sodium (mg) 2895 2773 2058 2559 3007 3028 2932 3124 3088 2814 2376
Mean Intake of Energy (kcal) 1790 1796 1419 1691 1903 1937 1788 1957 1884 1660 1487
Ranka Food Groupb,c                      
1 Yeast breads 7.2 7.1 6.3 6.6 7.4 7.5 7.2 7.0 6.2 7.8 10.4
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 6.3 6.1 4.7 6.5 6.1 6.2 6.3 7.6 6.9 5.0 4.7
3 Pasta and pasta dishes 6.2 8.0 11.5 9.2 8.0 6.2 5.6 5.4 5.4 6.8 3.6
4 Pizza 4.9 7.6 3.9 6.0 6.9 10.4 4.1 4.9 5.1 2.8 1.9
5 Cold cuts 4.3 5.0 4.2 3.6 5.7 5.7 4.1 3.8 5.1 2.8 4.3
6 Condiments 4.0 4.0 3.3 3.3 5.4 3.6 4.0 4.3 4.6 3.3 2.4
7 Soups 3.9 3.1 4.7 4.0 2.6 2.4 4.2 3.7 3.4 5.6 4.8
8 Regular cheese 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.5 2.9 4.4 3.6 4.4 3.3 3.7 3.1
9 Grain-based desserts 3.6 3.8 2.0 3.9 4.1 3.8 3.6 3.3 3.7 3.2 4.6
10 Mexican mixed dishes 3.6 4.2 1.6 2.8 4.4 5.7 3.4 5.5 3.8 2.1  0.3 
11 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 3.4 4.1 4.1 4.6 4.3 3.5 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.1 4.9
12 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.2 2.5 1.0 2.1 2.8 2.9 3.3 2.9 3.4 3.6 3.3
13 Salad dressing 3.1 1.9 0.8 1.7 1.2 2.9 3.4 3.1 3.6 3.7 2.7
14 Rice and rice mixed dishes 2.6 2.2 2.8 1.8 2.9 1.8 2.7 3.1 3.0 2.4 1.9
15 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.4 1.8 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.4 2.6 2.6 2.3 3.1 2.4
16 Burgers 2.0 2.2 1.4 1.7 2.0 3.1 2.0 2.7 2.1 1.5 1.3
17 Ready-to-eat cereals 2.0 3.0 4.7 3.7 2.6 2.3 1.8 2.2 1.4 1.5 2.8
18 Quickbreads 1.9 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.0 1.0 2.1 1.7 1.7 3.1 2.1
19 Potato/corn/other chips 1.9 2.9 2.3 2.1 3.0 3.6 1.6 1.9 1.7 1.2 1.0
20 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 1.7 0.8 1.2 1.3 0.7 0.3 1.9 0.8 2.0 2.5 3.1
21 Other white potatoes 1.6 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.3 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.6 4.0
23 Pork and pork mixed dishes 1.4 0.9 2.1 1.3 0.5 0.8 1.6 1.3 1.4 1.8 2.3
24 Reduced fat milk 1.3 2.4 3.9 2.6 2.6 1.6 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.8
27 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 1.1 2.1 1.9 3.0 2.6 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.7 0.9 0.8
38 Whole milk 0.6 1.2 2.8 1.8 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.5  0.2 0.3
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 sodium for all females 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 females in descending order: quickbreads, potato/corn/other chips, other fish and fish mixed dishes, other white potatoes, crackers, pork and pork mixed dishes, reduced fat milk, fried white potatoes, and pancakes/waffles/French toast.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013