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Table 2 Factor loadings and explained variances (VAR) for the three major dietary patterns identified in an adult NL population, using a common factor analysis a

From: Dietary patterns and colorectal cancer: results from a Canadian population-based study

Food groups Dietary pattern
Meat-diet Plant-based diet Sugary-diet
Milk   0.19  
Yogurt   0.31  
Coffee 0.18   
Tea    0.17
Sugar   -0.19 0.20
Soft drinks 0.19   
Egg 0.21   0.16
Cheese 0.15 0.21  
Mixed dishes 0.31 0.17 0.24
Red meat 0.68   0.18
Game 0.24   
Cured /processed red meat 0.72   0.21
Cured /processed meat 0.93   
Poultry 0.22 0.27  
Fish 0.59 0.31 -0.21
Processed fish 0.51 0.24  
Fruit juice   0.24 0.24
Other fruits   0.59  
Root vegetables 0.28   0.15
Cruciferous vegetables   0.54  
Other greens   0.60 -0.22
Beans, peas 0.15 0.25  
Tomato sauce   0.50  
Other vegetables 0.22 0.54  
Total cereals and grains 0.23 0.38 0.28
Whole grains   0.33  
Desserts and sweets 0.31   0.63
Vegetable juice   0.17  
Beer 0.19   
White wine    
Red wine    
Liquor 0.15   
Citrus   0.34  
Berries   0.45  
Dried fruit   0.39  
Canned fruit   0.20 0.24
Pies, tarts 0.15   0.54
Jam, jelly    0.26
Pickled vegetables 0.15 0.26 0.14
Proportion of VAR explained (%) 40% 23% 11%
Cumulative VAR explained (%) 40% 63% 74%
  1. aAbsolute values less than 0.15 were not listed and those above 0.35 indicated in bold to visually emphasize strength of association.