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Table 3 Frequency of consumption of Food Items among Bahraini Girls (n = 1241) and Boys (n = 1190)*

From: Energy and macronutrient intake and dietary pattern among school children in Bahrain: a cross-sectional study

Food Almost daily
5-7 times/w
3-4 times/w 1-2 times/w Never
  No. % No. % No. % No. %
GIRLS         
Milk & Milk Products 635 51.2 366 29.5 231 18.6 9 0.7
Bread, Rice & Cereal 870 70.1 256 20.6 114 9.2 1 0.1
Fruits 443 35.7 464 37.4 308 24.8 26 2.1
Fruit Juices 328 26.4 371 29.9 455 36.7 87 7
Vegetables Leafy 404 32.6 370 29.8 366 29.5 101 8.1
Vegetables Others 146 11.8 432 34.8 543 43.8 120 9.7
Meat (Fish, Poultry, Meat) 822 66.2 303 24.4 110 8.9 6 0.5
Eggs 111 8.9 396 31.9 627 50.5 107 8.6
Legumes: lentils, beans... 35 2.8c 115 9.3 733 59.1 358 28.8
Sweets & Snacks: cakes, chips, candies,... 797 64.2d 300 24.2 134 10.8 10 0.8
Miscellaneous: tea & coffee 289 23.3 318 25.6 411 33.1 223 18
Miscellaneous: sauce & spreads 214 17.2 356 28.7 497 40 174 14
Soda Drinks: regular 600 48.3 322 25.9 254 20.5 65 5.2
Soda Drinks: diet 19 1.5d 29 2.3 116 9.3 1077 86.8
BOYS         
Milk & Milk Products 659 55.4a 356 29.9 170 14.3 5 0.4
Bread, Rice & Cereal 904 76b 227 19.1 56 4.7 3 0.3
Fruits 492 41.3a 425 35.7 258 21.7 15 1.3
Fruit Juices 359 30.2 358 30.1 399 33.5 74 6.2
Vegetables Leafy 400 33.6 340 28.6 340 28.6 110 9.2
Vegetables Others 176 14.8 397 33.4 520 43.7 97 8.2
Meat (Fish, Poultry, Meat) 889 74.7b 234 19.7 65 5.5 2 0.2
Eggs 107 9a 396 33.3 621 52.2 66 5.5
Legumes: lentils, beans,... 30 2.5 139 11.7 730 61.3 291 24.5
Sweets & Snacks: cakes, chips, candies,... 565 47.5 353 29.7 262 22 10 0.8
Miscellaneous: tea & coffee 412 34.6b 267 22.4 331 27.8 180 15.1
Miscellaneous: sauce & spreads 178 15 396 33.3 443 37.2 173 14.5
Soda Drinks: regular 629 52.9b 322 27.1 197 16.6 42 3.5
Soda Drinks: diet 17 1.4 25 2.1 67 5.6 1081 90.8
  1. Difference between genders: a p < 0.05; b: p < 0.01 (within gender); c p < 0.05, d p < 0.01 (between genders)
  2. * Non responders: 72 for girls and 59 for boys