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Table 2 The percentage contribution of snacks to Canada’s Food Guide food groups and food subgroups (servings) among different age groups

From: Time, location and frequency of snack consumption in different age groups of Canadians

  Age groups
2–5 years 6–12 years 13–18 years 19–54 years ≥55 years Total population
Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE
Food groups and subgroups Vegetables & Fruit 33.8 b,c,d 1.6 31.4 f,g 1.1 27.9 h,i 1.0 22.4 0.8 19.9 0.7 23.4 0.4
Fruit, other than juice 58.8 d 2.2 59.3 f,g 1.7 56.5 i 1.8 52.8 j 1.5 47.2 1.3 52.3 0.8
Fruit, juice 19.1 2.7 24.7 e,f,g 2.5 13.7 1.6 12.0 1.8 13.5 1.8 15.1 0.9
Vegetables, all types 9.0 b,d 1.2 11.8 g 0.9 14.0 h,i 0.9 9.1 j 0.4 5.0 0.4 8.5 0.4
Grain Products 15.0 0.9 17.0 0.8 17.6 0.7 15.4 0.6 14.5 0.7 15.4 0.4
Grain products, whole grain 12.2 1.7 15.3 1.5 18.9 i 2.0 14.7 1.3 11.4 1.3 13.9 0.7
Grain products, non-whole grain, enriched 16.2 1.3 17.2 0.9 16.8 0.9 16.7 0.8 17.3 0.8 16.9 0.5
Grain products, non-whole grain, not enriched 22.4 3.1 31.1 g 2.5 32.6 i 2.3 25.4 1.9 22.0 1.9 25.6 1.1
Milk & Alternatives 29.1 b,d 1.8 26.0 1.0 22.9 1.1 23.7 1.1 22.3 1.0 23.7 0.6
Fluid milk and fortified soy-based beverages 16.5 1.8 14.0 1.0 14.2 1.1 14.4 1.0 11.8 0.7 13.6 0.5
Other milk alternatives (cheese, yogurt) 42.9 b,c,d 2.6 38.1 e,f,g 1.7 29.4 1.5 30.0 1.3 29.4 1.4 31.3 0.8
Meat & Alternatives 8.6 1.2 6.4 f,g 0.7 8.4 0.8 10.4 0.7 9.0 0.6 9.4 0.4
Other foods & beverages 18.2 a,b 1.5 23.8 g 1.1 24.1 i 1.0 20.7 j 0.9 16.4 0.7 19.8 0.5
  1. Significant differences measured by confidence interval overlapping technique, a: 2–5 years vs 6–12 years; b: 2–5 years vs 13–18 years; c: 2–5 years vs 19–54 years; d: 2–5 years vs ≥55 years; e: 6–12 years vs 13–18 years; f: 6–12 years vs 19–54 years; g: 6–12 years vs ≥55 years; h: 13–18 years vs 19–54 years; i: 13–18 years vs ≥55 years; j: 19–54 years vs ≥55 years. 2–5 years: n = 1,181,823, 6–12 years: n = 2,407,637, 13–18 years: n = 2,228,356, 19–54 years: n = 12,768,195, ≥55 years: n = 8,310,789, total population: n = 26,896,800