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Table 2 The three identified dietary patterns in a sample of Australian adults (n = 251)

From: Associations between dietary patterns and blood pressure in a sample of Australian adults

Dietary Pattern 1Factor loading1Dietary Pattern 2Factor loading1Dietary Pattern 3Factor loading1
Fruit drinks, cordiala & soft drinks0.65Bread – low fibre (white)0.50Breakfast cereals – high sodium0.62
Processed meat0.53Pasta, noodles &rice0.49Milk & yoghurt – high fat (> 1%)0.51
Fried potatoes0.48Meat, egg & poultry dishes0.47Take-awayb0.44
Alcoholic beverages0.45Mixed cereal dishes0.26Pasta & rice dishes0.32
Meats, poultry & egg0.43Seeds & nuts ^0.25Fruit juices0.28
Sauces & salad dressings0.41Vegetable dishes0.20Soy milk & flavoured milk0.25
Fats & oils0.35Fried potatoes−0.25Fruit0.23
Cheese0.22Milk & yoghurt – low fat (< 1%)− 0.30Bread – low fibre (white)− 0.21
Breakfast cereals – low sodium−0.23Meats, poultry & egg−0.31Vegemitec−0.24
Canned fish & fish dishes−0.33Vegetable juices−0.33Vegetable dishes−0.24
Tea & coffee−0.40Vegetables−0.43Cheese−0.36
  Bread – high fibre−0.48Snacks−0.36
Variance Explained (%)7.2 5.7 5.3
  1. 1Absolute values <  0.2 are not shown; acordial is a non-alcoholic fruit drink concentrate; b take-away includes fast foods such as dim sums, pizza, spring rolls; cVegemite is an Australian food spread made from brewers’ yeast extract. The following 4 food groups are not included in any dietary pattern: Mineral & electrolyte drinks, Fish & seafood, Soup, and Cakes & sweets as their absolute factor loading was <  0.2 and thus were not considered to significantly contribute to a pattern. ^The food group seeds & nuts consisted mainly of salted nuts in this population group