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Table 3 Factor-loading matrix for the three dietary patterns*

From: Empirically derived dietary patterns and constipation among a middle-aged population from China, 2016–2018

Food groupsDietary patterns
Traditional southern ChineseWesternGrains-vegetables
Refined grains0.411
Whole grains0.534
Tubers0.471
Vegetables0.4070.638
Fruit0.462
Pickled vegetables0.509
Mushrooms0.664
Red meat0.563
Poultry and organs0.502
Processed and cooked meat0.520
Fish and shrimp0.486
Eggs0.346
Seafood0.417
Bacon and salted fish0.529
Salted and preserved eggs0.414
Milk0.360 
Cheese0.315 
Soya bean and its products0.400
Miscellaneous bean0.414
Fats0.447 
Vegetable oil0.392
Fast foods0.407
Nuts0.303
Snacks0.517
Chocolates0.435
Honey0.595
Drinks0.472 
Alcoholic beverages0.301
Tea0.357
Coffee0.390
Variance of intake explained (%)10.38.56.8
  1. *Absolute values< 0.4 were excluded for simplicity