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Table 1 Factor loadings* of the food groups in the dietary patterns (principal components) identified among German adolescents

From: Dietary patterns of adolescents in Germany - Associations with nutrient intake and other health related lifestyle characteristics

  Dietary patterns
  Boys (n = 622) Girls (n = 650)
Food groups western healthy traditional healthy Traditional and western
Pizza 0.66     0.32
Doner kebab 0.59     0.26
Burger 0.57     0.29
Soft drinks 0.55 -0.24 0.29   0.46
French fries 0.53     0.32
Alcoholic drinks 0.42   0.25   
Chicken 0.41 0.32   0.51  
Ketchup 0.40     0.26
Salty snacks 0.37     
Meat (except chicken) 0.33 0.28 0.37 0.21 0.46
Pasta 0.33    0.26 0.45
Confectionary 0.33     0.46
Sausages§ 0.27     0.46
Legumes 0.25 0.41   0.47 0.23
Warm sauces 0.25   0.21 0.31 0.37
Rice 0.23 0.59   0.65  
Wholemeal bread -0.29     -0.21
Salad vegetables   0.59   0.44  
Fruits   0.57   0.35  
Other vegetables||   0.53 0.27 0.43  
Vegetable oil   0.52   0.61  
Mushrooms   0.37   0.35  
Soup   0.35   0.59 0.28
Grain products   0.35    
Fish   0.28 0.31 0.38  
Cake/cookies   0.25 0.23   0.35
Eggs   0.25 0.35 0.33 0.21
Potatoes   0.25 0.56 0.29 0.42
Nuts   0.25    
Falafel**   0.24   0.24  
Water   0.23   0.31 -0.36
Processed meat    0.69   0.47
White bread††    0.51   0.38
Margarine    0.38   
Cheese    0.33   
Butter    0.28   
Meat salad‡‡    0.27   
Dessert, Ice-Cream    0.25   0.25
Yoghurt    0.25   
Coffee    0.22   
Breakfast cereals      
Jam      0.24
Juices      
Milk      
Other milk products§§      0.20
Pancakes      
Tea     0.22  
Vegetarian dishes|| ||     0.36  
Variance explained (%) 8.2 5.1 4.8 7.6 5.6
  1. * Factor loadings with absolute values < 0.2 are not shown for simplicity, absolute values > 0.4 are underlined
  2. † Pizza, onion tart
  3. ‡ Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, other cold sauces
  4. § Hot dog, grilled fried sausage, curried sausage, meatballs
  5. || Tomato, cucumber, pepper, asparagus, garlic, avocado, carrot, cabbage, mixed pickles, olives
  6. ¶ Bulgur, popcorn, rice waffle
  7. ** Falafel, vegetarian doner, Turkish pizza
  8. †† Wheat bread, mixed bread, bread rolls
  9. ‡‡ Salad with meat, chicken, eggs or fish
  10. §§ Cream cheese, curd cheese, buttermilk, kefir, soured milk, cream, concentrated milk
  11. || ||Soya, tofu, vegetarian spread