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Table 2 Factor loadings matrix of seven snacking patterns

From: Snacking pattern of college students in Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

  Convenience snack Fast foods Sweet snacks Healthy snacks Beverages Dairy products and substitutes Caffeinated drinks
Cheese 0.827 0.165   0.128    
Sandwiches 0.787   0.168 0.138    
Chips 0.736 0.184 0.219   0.158   
Pudding 0.713 0.234 0.102 0.168 0.131 0.110  
Cereal 0.569 0.458   0.156    
Ice cream 0.518 0.353 0.504     
Yogurt 0.452   0.226 0.382 −0.145 0.410  
Burger 0.126 0.860 0.318 0.104    
Pasta 0.306 0.803     0.117  
Fries 0.189 0.742 0.261 0.133 0.268   
Pizza 0.215 0.699 0.272   −0.123   0.103
Sweet Milk   0.457 0.330 −0.201 0.334 0.428  
Candy 0.231 0.218 0.808 0.117 0.127   
Chocolate 0.125   0.795     
Cookies 0.165 0.332 0.765 0.131    
Pastry 0.405 0.329 0.525 0.132 −0.131 0.284 0.159
Vegetables 0.203 0.104 0.100 0.827    
Fruit 0.152   0.157 0.816 0.110   
Fruit Juices    0.110 0.172 0.693   
Energy drinks     −0.151 0.662 0.218 0.188
Greek yogurt     0.421 0.506 0.320  
Milk alternative     0.111   0.781 0.126
Soft drinks −0.209 0.380 0.340 −0.147 0.219 0.528  
Tea        0.809
Coffee 0.177 0.116 0.185    0.115 0.737
Milk 0.127    0.378 0.258 0.698  
Granola 0.381 0.143 0.142 0.399 0.175   
Total variance 14.5% 13.2% 11.6% 8.4% 6.2% 5.7% 4.9%
  1. Factor loadings > 0.3 are highlighted in boldAbsolute values < 0.3 were excluded for simplicity