Submitted to: American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/30/2005
Publication Date: 10/22/2005
Citation: Ahuja, J., Omolewa-Tomobi, G., Moshfegh, A. 2005. What we eat for "lunch" in America [abstract]. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 105(8) Supplement A-24.
Technical Abstract: Assessment of dietary intakes and eating patterns is an important part of national nutrition monitoring. Dietary intake data from What We Eat in America, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-02, was used to assess eating patterns and food and nutrient intakes from lunch among U.S. adults, 20 and over (n = 4744). The results were weighted to produce national estimates. Seventy-seven percent of the U.S. population reported consuming lunch. For these respondents, lunch provided 31% of their total energy intake, and 34% of their total fat intake. The most popular foods consumed at lunch for both adult men and women were sandwiches, including hamburgers, followed by salads, and meat dishes. The most popular beverages were soft drinks, coffee, and juice. Other popular foods were French fries, potato chips, tortilla chips, and fruits. Apples, bananas, and grapes were the most frequently consumed fruits.