Table 2.

Factor loadings for foods associated with each dietary pattern in split samples of 1,556 controls in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Case-Control Study

Vegetable-soy
Meat-sweet
Sample 1*Sample 2Sample 1Sample 2
Fried tofu6427Shrimp, crab3534
Cauliflower6034Candy, preserved fruit3544
Lotus root6028Chicken3454
Freshwater fish5925Desserts3333
Tofu5433Fresh milk3033
Celery5135Beef, lamb3032
Fresh soybeans4447Saltwater fish3031
White turnips4339Bread2738
Tomato4249Eel2635
Cucumber4148Conch2515
Other fresh beans3742Pork chops2329
Chinese cabbage3639Pig feet2227
Wax gourd3644Pork ribs2127
Carrots3441Organ meats2048
Wild rice stem3440Lean pork1932
Mung bean sprouts3329Liver1948
Greens3235Duck, goose1727
Soy bean sprouts3129
Bamboo shoots2827
Soy milk2720
Asparagus2237
Green cabbage2134
% variance5.25.54.63.1
Coefficient α0.780.750.600.60
  • * N = 768 women.

  • N = 788 women.