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Table 2 Caregiver reported food group intake compared with Australian Dietary Guideline recommended intakes for children aged 6–36 months from a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Australia

From: Dietary intake of Aboriginal Australian children aged 6–36 months in a remote community: a cross-sectional study

Age< 1 year (n = 12)1–2 years (n = 22)2–3 years (n = 6)
Food groupAverage of 24-h recalls, median serves per day (IQR)Recommended intakes from ADGs (serves)Average of 24-h recalls, median serves per day (IQR)Recommended intakes from ADGs (serves)Average of 24-h recalls, median serves per day (IQR)Recommended intakes from ADGs (serves)
Vegetables0.51 (0.15, 0.95)0.50.59 (0.06, 1.01)2–30.76 (0.31, 1.77)2.5
Fruit0.45 (0.00, 0.95)0.071.00 (0.03, 1.65)0.50.66 (0.00, 1.85)1
Fruit excluding juice0.00 (0.00, 0.35)0.070.04 (0.00, 0.65)0.50.24 (0.00, 1.03)1
Grain1.24 (0.92, 1.6)21.93 (1.65, 2.53)43.74 (1.95, 5.01)4
Meat0.43 (0.20, 0.86)0.50.89 (0.46, 1.33)11.75 (0.51, 2.29)1
Dairy excluding milk feeds0.38 (0.24, 0.78)N/A0.54 (0.36, 1.02)1–1.50.76 (0.47, 0.96)1.5
Discretionary foodsa0.03 (0.00, 0.43)00.16 (0.00, 0.58)0-1b0.26 (0.10, 0.85)0–1 b
  1. a Defined as foods to be consumed ‘sometimes or in small amounts’ as they are not essential for nutrient requirements and some contain too much fat, sugar, and salt
  2. b Although never recommended, this allowance is for additional 600 kJ serves for children who are more active, taller or older within the age group. Ideally these additional serves would be made up from the five food groups or unsaturated spreads and oils, however discretionary items may be included as per the ADGs