Understanding what foods contribute to energy, nutrient, and food group
intake enhances our ability to monitor diets relative to recommendations and
gives context for dietary guidance. Examining the top sources of dietary constituents that should be reduced is especially helpful for identifying
targets for changes in the marketplace and food environment.
The top food sources of the dietary components listed below have been
identified using data from the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Both the percentage contribution
(e.g., 5.3% of energy from soda) and mean contribution (e.g., 114 kcal from
soda) of various foods to each dietary component are provided, with
stratification by age group, gender, race/ethnicity, and family income.
MyPyramid Food groups
Energy & Discretionary Calories