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Table 2 Factor loadings for the six major dietary patterns among participants

From: Is vegetarian diet associated with a lower risk of breast cancer in Taiwanese women?

  Dietary pattern
  Animal source Plant source
Food itema Meat Processed meat Fruit/Vegetables/Soybean Dessert/sugar Fermentation
Poultry (chicken, duck, goose) 0.744     
Fish (sea fish, fresh water fish) 0.741     
Livestock (pork, beef, lamb) 0.688    0.230  
Seafood (shrimp, crab, squid, fish viscera, spawn) 0.594 0.327    0.257
Streaked meat (fatty meat) 0.519     
Sashimi (sliced fresh fish meat) 0.464    0.308  
Smoked meat (smoked chicken, smoked pork, smoked sausage, smoked bacon, smoked hot dog)   0.664    
Fried food   0.604   0.261  
Internal organ (liver, heart, kidney, colon, intestine) 0.433 0.564    0.313
Processed meat (sausage, bacon, cured meat, ham, pork floss) 0.321 0.559    0.262
Soybeans (dried tofu)    0.731   
Soybeans (soybean milk)    0.639   
Mushrooms    0.647   
Fruit 0.207 −0.246 0.531   
Vegetables   −0.305 0.392 −0.248  
Sugar (e.g., candy)     0.630 0.234
Sweets (e.g., cake, sweet bun)     0.614  
Beverage   0.373   0.469  
Fermented food (e.g., miso)      0.767
Pickled food (e.g., kimchi)      0.703
Eggs 0.234 0.274 0.220 0.247  
Coffee     0.273  
Milk (low fat)   −0.228    
Milk (skim fat)     −0.221  
Eigenvalue 3.010 2.161 1.996 1.607 1.531
Variance explained (%) 11.15 8.01 7.39 5.95 5.67
  1. a values of factor loading <0.200 (absolute value) are not shown; fresh fruit juice, milk (whole fat), and tea have not been listed due to factor loading <0.200