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Table 1 Food Categories and Factor Loadings Based on CaMos Year 2 Food Frequency Questionnaire

From: Dietary patterns in Canadian men and women ages 25 and older: relationship to demographics, body mass index, and bone mineral density

Category Items Factor Loadings
   Nutrient dense Energy dense
Coffee    
Tea    
Water Bottled water, tap water 0.29  
Juice Fresh fruit juice, frozen concentrated fruit juice 0.28  
Low fat milk Skim and 1% milk 0.22  
High fat milk 2% and whole milk   0.21
Beer    0.26
Alcohol Wine, liquor   
Soft drinks Soft drinks, powdered drink mix   0.42
Fruit 1 Apples, oranges, bananas 0.48  
Fruit 2 Cantaloupe, other fruit 0.54  
Tomatoes Tomatoes, tomato juice 0.49  
Green vegetables Broccoli, spinach, other leafy greens 0.61  
Yellow vegetables Cabbage, cauliflower, sweet potato, squash, brussel sprouts 0.56  
Other vegetables Carrots, corn, peas, green beans, soup, other vegetables 0.59  
Whole grains Dark whole grain bread, bran/granola, shredded wheat 0.46  
White bread White bread/rolls -0.24 0.37
Cereal Cold cereal, cooked cereal 0.25  
Rice   0.26  
Pasta Macaroni, spaghetti, noodles 0.22 0.26
Potatoes   0.25 0.24
Meat 1 Beef, pork, lamb, poultry (main dish or mixed) 0.28 0.28
Meat 2 Hamburger   0.50
Meat 3 Hotdog, lunch meat, smoked meat   0.55
Meat 4 Bacon, sausage   0.56
Fish Fish (fresh, frozen, smoked, dried) 0.40  
Eggs    0.32
Cheese   0.25 0.30
Nuts Nuts, peanut butter 0.21 0.20
Legumes Beans, lentils, tofu, soybeans 0.37  
Sweets 1 Cake, pie, cookies   0.28
Sweets 2 Ice cream, chocolate, doughnuts   0.47
Added fats Margarine, butter, mayonnaise   0.35
High fat potatoes Fries, Potato chips   0.58
Percentage of overall variance explained by factor   9.3% 7.8%
  1. Factor loadings with absolute value less than 0.2 indicated by blanks and those above 0.4 indicated in bold to visually emphasize strength of association. Sign of factor score indicates direction of association.