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Table 2 Factor Loadings and Explained Variances (VAR) for the Four Major Dietary Patterns identified in an adult NL population, using a common factor analysis a

From: Four major dietary patterns identified for a target-population of adults residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Food groups Factor loading
Meat Vegetable/fruit Fish Grain
Milk −0.16   0.18 0.43
Yogurt   0.30   0.32
Coffee   0.18   −0.31
Tea    0.17 0.19
Sugar     
Soft drinks 0.42   −0.15 −0.20
Egg 0.16    
Cheese   0.25   
Mixed dishes 0.32    
Red meat 0.83    
Game    0.21  
Cured/processed red meat 0.90    
Cured/processed meat 0.93   0.20  
Poultry 0.21 0.32   
Fish 0.22 0.16 0.78  
Processed fish 0.31   0.70  
Fruit juice   −0.25   0.38
Other fruits   0.34   0.30
Root vegetables   0.31 0.37  
Cruciferous vegetables   0.33 0.22  
Other greens   0.68   
Beans, peas   0.29 0.45  
Tomato sauce 0.16 0.60   
Other vegetables   0.75 0.23  
Total cereals and grains 0.16 0.17   0.55
Whole grains   0.30   0.52
Desserts and sweets 0.22    0.21
Vegetable juice    0.34 0.26
Beer     −0.24
White wine     −0.26
Red wine −0.18 0.26   
Liquor     
Citrus   0.20 0.17 0.20
Berries −0.15 0.50   
Dried fruit   0.39   
Canned fruit 0.16    0.34
Pies, tarts     
Jam, jelly     0.30
Pickled vegetables     017
Proportion of VAR explained (%) 22% 20% 12% 9%
Cumulative VAR explained (%) 22% 42% 54% 63%
  1. aAbsolute values less than 0.15 were not listed and those above 0.50 indicated in bold to visually emphasize strength of association.