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Table 3b. Mean Intake of Sodium, Mean Intake of Energy, and Mean Sodium Contribution (mg) 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 209 198 130 168 223 228 212 218 191 220 248
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 182 170 96 167 182 187 185 237 214 140 111
3 Pasta and pasta dishes 178 223 236 236 241 187 165 168 167 191 85
4 Pizza 142 210 80 155 207 316 121 154 158 78 46
5 Cold cuts 125 138 87 92 171 172 120 117 159 80 103
6 Condiments 115 111 68 84 161 108 116 136 141 93 57
7 Soups 114 87 97 104 79 73 123 115 104 158 113
8 Regular cheese 105 101 78 90 88 133 107 137 102 104 75
9 Grain-based desserts 104 104 42 99 124 114 104 104 114 90 108
10 Mexican mixed dishes 103 116 33 73 133 173 100 172 118 59 7
11 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 99 114 85 117 131 107 94 90 93 88 116
12 Beef and beef mixed dishes 91 69 21 54 86 87 98 90 106 102 77
13 Salad dressing 89 52 16 44 36 89 101 98 111 105 64
14 Rice and rice mixed dishes 76 61 58 45 86 55 80 98 92 66 44
15 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 70 49 48 52 52 43 77 80 72 89 56
16 Burgers 59 62 29 44 60 93 58 84 64 42 31
17 Ready-to-eat cereals 59 83 97 95 80 70 51 68 43 43 67
18 Quickbreads 55 30 24 33 29 30 63 53 53 87 49
19 Potato/corn/other chips 54 80 48 53 91 110 45 60 52 35 23
20 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 49 21 25 32 21 10 57 24 61 70 73
21 Other white potatoes 47 30 22 28 27 38 52 46 48 45 95
23 Pork and pork mixed dishes 42 26 44 33 15 23 46 40 45 50 54
24 Reduced fat milk 38 66 80 68 79 47 30 32 27 26 42
27 Pancakes/waffles/French toast 32 59 40 77 79 30 24 31 20 24 19
38 Whole milk 18 33 57 46 25 18 13 23 16 6 8
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