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FIGURE 7-1 Estimated calcium intakes in the United States from food sources only, by intake percentile groups, age, and gender.

FIGURE 7-1 Estimated calcium intakes in the United States from food sources only, by intake percentile groups, age, and gender.

NOTE: F = female; M = male; y = years.

SOURCE: NHANES 2003–2006 as analyzed by Bailey et al. (2010). Data used to create figure can be found in Appendix H.

intakes. By contrast, the 95th percentile of calcium consumption from food sources alone are 1,353 and 1,337 mg/day for these two life stage groups, respectively.

Canadian Calcium Intake

Estimates of calcium intake from foods for Canadians appear to be similar to those reported for the United States, although the median intake drops at a younger age for men, at the 31- to 50-year life stage as compared to the 51- to 70-year life stage in the United States (Figure 7-3). Overall, estimated intakes of calcium from foods in Canada appear to be slightly lower than those reported for the United States. Although differences in survey



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