Table 2.

Factor loading matrix and explained variances for the four major dietary patterns identified by factor analysis

NutrientAnimal productsVitamins and fiberVUFAStarch-rich
Animal protein0.800.100.410.23
Vegetable protein0.150.390.290.80
Cholesterol0.720.070.410.30
Saturated fatty acids0.560.150.500.41
Monounsaturated fatty acids0.200.290.720.28
Linoleic acid0.190.160.710.33
Linolenic acid0.330.270.680.34
Other polyunsaturated fatty acids0.48−0.020.75−0.04
Soluble carbohydrates0.400.660.020.17
Starch0.180.110.260.88
Sodium0.410.060.160.80
Calcium0.650.340.030.28
Potassium0.420.760.290.28
Phosphorus0.700.370.310.45
Iron0.420.480.390.37
Zinc0.630.290.450.47
Thiamin (vitamin B1)0.530.510.300.45
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)0.760.470.100.26
Vitamin B60.530.580.410.29
Total folate0.400.710.220.28
Niacin0.540.370.470.21
Vitamin C0.120.850.13−0.11
Retinol0.470.080.030.00
β-Carotene equivalents0.040.670.200.02
Lycopene−0.050.260.490.32
Vitamin D0.540.040.54−0.23
Vitamin E0.080.530.740.22
Total fiber (Englyst)0.060.850.150.31
Proportion of explained variances (%)21.6720.3018.0215.10
Cumulative explained variances (%)21.6741.9759.9975.09

NOTE: Estimates from a PCFA done on 28 nutrients. Loadings ≥0.63 are shown in boldface.