Dietary patterns and heritability of food choice in a UK female twin cohort.

  title={Dietary patterns and heritability of food choice in a UK female twin cohort.},
  author={Birgit Teucher and Jane Skinner and Paula M L Skidmore and Aedin Cassidy and Susan J Fairweather-Tait and Lee Hooper and Mark A Roe and Robert J. Foxall and Sarah L Oyston and Lynn F. Cherkas and Ursula C Perks and Tim D. Spector and Alexander J. MacGregor},
  journal={Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies},
  volume={10 5},
To examine the contribution of genetic factors to food choice, we determined dietary patterns from food frequency questionnaires in 3262 UK female twins aged 18 to 79 years. Five distinct dietary patterns were identified (fruit and vegetable, high alcohol, traditional English, dieting, low meat) that accounted for 22% of the total variance. These patterns are similar to those found in other singleton Western populations, and were related to body mass index, smoking status, physical activity and… CONTINUE READING
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