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Table 2 Factor loadings for food groups that loaded highly (| > 0.2|) in varimax rotated principal components for men and womena

From: A comparison of the dietary patterns derived by principal component analysis and cluster analysis in older Australians

  Menb   Womenc
  Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3 Factor 4   Factor 1 Factor 2
Eigenvalue 4.4 3.2 2.2 2.0 Eigenvalue 4.2 3.3
% variance explained 5.8 % 5.7 % 5.6 % 5.6 % % variance explained 7.8 % 6.5 %
Vegetable dishes 0.31 - - - Other vegetables 0.34 -
Fish and other seafood 0.31 - - - Salad vegetables 0.34 -
Oil and vinegar salad dressing 0.31 - - - Vegetable dishes 0.29 -
Salad vegetables 0.28 - - - Dark green and cruciferous vegetables 0.29 -
Rice 0.24 - - - Fruit 0.26 -
Legumes or beans 0.22 - - - Fish and other seafood 0.25 -
Cottage or ricotta cheese 0.22 - - - Orange vegetables 0.25 -
Fruit 0.22 - - - Legumes or beans 0.23 -
Poultry 0.20 - - - Nuts or seeds 0.23 -
Potato −0.21 - - - Cakes, pastries or other desserts - 0.27
Spreads and preserves - 0.34 - - Processed or cured meat - 0.26
Sweet biscuits - 0.28 - - Sweet biscuits - 0.25
Cakes, pastries or other desserts - 0.27 - - Hot chips, roast potato or wedges - 0.23
Wholegrain bread - 0.26 - - Chocolate or confectionery - 0.23
Margarine - 0.24 - - High-energy drinks - 0.23
Savoury crackers - 0.23 - - Meat pie or sausage rolls - 0.22
Chocolate or confectionery - 0.23 - - Potato - 0.21
Cheddar cheese - 0.22 - -    
Breakfast cereal - 0.22 - -    
Processed or cured meat - - 0.29 -    
Pizza and/or Hamburger - - 0.28 -    
Red meat - - 0.28 -    
White-bread - - 0.25 -    
Fried or battered fish - - 0.25 -    
High-energy drinks - - 0.23 -    
Hot chips, roast potato or wedges - - 0.20 -    
Muesli or porridge - - −0.20 -    
Reduced fat milk - - −0.22 -    
Orange vegetables - - - 0.50    
Dark green and cruciferous vegetables - - - 0.44    
Other vegetables - - - 0.44    
Potato - - - 0.36    
  1. aOnly food groups with factor loadings | ≥ 0.2| are displayed and listed in order for simplicity and easy of interpretation
  2. bMale factors; factor 1: vegetable dishes, fruit, fish and poultry; factor 2: spreads, biscuits, cakes and confectionery; factor 3: red meat, processed meat, white-bread and hot chips; factor 4: vegetables
  3. cFemale factors; factor 1: fruit vegetables and fish; factor 2: processed meat, hot chips cakes and confectionery