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Table 1 Summary of snack calories by food category, NHANES 2009-2012

From: Replacing American snacks with tree nuts increases consumption of key nutrients among US children and adults: results of an NHANES modeling study

  % of solid food snack calories from each food group under Modeling scenarios
Food Categorya Model 1b Model 2b
Cookies and brownies 11.2% 13.5%
Ice cream and frozen dairy desserts 9.1% 10.9%
Cakes and pies 7.2% 8.6%
Candy containing chocolate 5.9% 7.1%
Tortilla, corn, other chips 4.9% 4.8%
Candy not containing chocolate 4.1% 4.9%
Crackers, excludes saltines 3.9% 4.2%
Potato chips 3.6% 4.3%
Doughnuts, sweet rolls, pastries 3.6% 4.3%
Popcorn 3.5% -
Cheese 3.3% 4.0%
Yeast breads 2.6% 2.6%
Apples 2.0% -
Pretzels/snack mix 1.9% 2.3%
Bananas 1.8% -
Pizza 1.7% 2.0%
Ready-to-eat cereal, higher sugar (>21.2 g/100 g) 1.5% 0.8%
Cereal bars 1.4% 0.4%
Yogurt, lowfat and nonfat 1.3% 1.6%
Biscuits, muffins, quick breads 1.3% 1.5%
Cold cuts and cured meats 1.1% 1.3%
Other fruits and fruit salads 1.1% -
Burritos and tacos 0.9% 1.1%
Other foods 21.0% 19.7%
  1. aFood categories from USDA What We Eat in America Food Groups
  2. bSnacks eligible for replacement in Model 1 include all solid foods; snacks eligible for replacement in Model 2 include all solid foods, with the exception of non-starchy vegetables, whole fruit, and foods where more than 50% of the grain content comes from whole grains. The USDA considers popcorn to be a whole grain