Top sources of calories in Americans' (ages 2 and up) diets according to analyses of usual dietary intake by the National Cancer Institute. Foods and beverages were divided into 97 categories and ranked according to calorie contribution to the diet. (Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.)
  1. Grain-based desserts
    Includes cake, cookies, pie, cobbler, sweet rolls, pastries, and donuts.
  2. Yeast breads
    Includes white bread or rolls, mixed-grain bread, flavored bread, whole wheat bread, and bagels.
  3. Chicken dishes
    Includes fried or baked chicken parts and chicken strips/patties, chicken stir-fries, chicken casseroles, chicken sandwiches, chicken salads, stewed chicken, and other chicken mixed dishes.
  4. Soda/energy/sports drinks
    Sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened bottled water including vitamin water.
  5. Pizza
  6. Alcoholic beverages
  7. Pasta dishes
    Includes macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, other pasta with or without sauces, filled pasta (e.g., lasagna and ravioli), and noodles.
  8. Tortillas, burritos, tacos
    Also includes nachos, quesadillas, and other "Mexican mixed dishes."
  9. Beef dishes
    Includes steak, meatloaf, beef with noodles, and beef stew
  10. Dairy desserts
    Includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, milk shakes, and pudding.