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Figure D5-1. Calcium Intake in 4- to 8-year-old Children as a function of added sugar intake

This figure shows that calcium intake in 4- to 8-year-old children changes as a function of the percentage of total calories consumed as added sugar.

Children who consumed 0 to 5 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 977 mg calcium. Children who consumed 5 to 10 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 1,042 mg calcium. Children who consumed 10 to 15 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 985 mg calcium. Children who consumed 15 to 20 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 908 mg calcium. Children who consumed 20 to 25 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 899 mg calcium. Children who consumed 25 to 30 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 771 mg calcium. Children who consumed 30 to 35 percent of their calories as added sugar consumed 703 mg calcium.

The take-home message is that children who consumed 5 to 10 percent of total calories as added sugar consumed the highest amount of calcium.

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