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Table 3 The factor-loading matrix for the major factors identified by the food consumption data from the food frequency questionnaire

From: Beer, wine and lifestyle: a cross-sectional study of the Belgian military population

Food or food group Factor 1 (meat dietary pattern) Factor 2 (healthy dietary pattern) Factor 3 (sweet dietary pattern)
Red meats 0.60   
Processed meats 0.58   
Beer 0.47   
Garlic 0.43   
Tomatoes 0.43   
Wine 0.40   
Eggs 0.38   
Poultry 0.37   
Liquor 0.37   
Organ meats 0.33   
Fruit   0.58  
Low-fat diary products   0.47  
Whole grain   0.43  
Vegetables   0.39  
Cold breakfast cereals   0.38  
Fruit juice   0.37  
Fish   0.36  
Tea   0.32  
Nuts   0.30  
Sweets and desserts    0.53
Snacks    0.45
High-energy drinks    0.42
High-fat dairy products    0.40
Refined grains    0.36
Mayonnaise    0.30
Potatoes    0.30
  1. Absolute values <0.30 were excluded from the table for simplicity. Foods or food groups with factor loadings of 0.30 for three factors were excluded; see Table 3 for food groupings. The percentage of explained variance was 7.4 % for factor 1, 7.2 % for factor 2 and 6.2 % for factor 3