Pumpkins are actually a fruit not a vegetable.
Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand;
a single banana is a finger.
Onion is Latin for large pearl.
Fresh fruit is a better snack than dried fruit.
The term “superfood” is a misnomer.
The stickers on apples can be eaten, too.
About 75% of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated.
A tablespoon of soy sauce can contain
up to 1,000 mg of sodium.
It is recommended that adults eat
less than 1,600 mg of sodium a day.
Fresh fruit, vegetables, and unsalted nuts
are practically sodium-free.

The Nutrition Society of New Zealand

The Nutrition Society of New Zealand is an organisation of qualified, practising health professionals, scientists and educators with a range of backgrounds who are bound by a shared interest in nutrition. NSNZ aims to bring together members interested in researching, applying and promoting sound nutrition. NSNZ promotes the science of nutrition, particularly the role of nutrition in growth and development, health and well-being in humans and animals.


Our Nominated Journal

Nutrients is the nominated journal for the publication of abstracts from our annual conference. Nutrients is an open access journal and currently has an impact factor of 3.759. Members of the Society receive a 25% discount when they choose to publish their papers in Nutrients.

A special issue of abstracts and papers from our 2015 conference including the Muriel Bell lecture by Professor Marlena Kruger can be accessed here.

Visit the Nutrients website


Professional Registration

Nutrition Society members with suitable qualifications can register as a Professional Nutritionists. There are two levels of registration; full registration is suitable for people with a degree and experience or associate registration, for those who have just graduated or who have less experience.

Registration indicates to the public that you have met specific criteria in respect to education and work experience. Find out how to become a Registered Nutritionist here.

Obtain Professional Registration


Working together in Māori health

We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi with the aim of improving health and well being for all the peoples of Aotearoa.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket
the people will thrive

Student winners from the 2016 Nutrition Society Conference

We are very proud of our student winners for 2016.

First place (winner) for first-time oral presentation: Sophie Kindleysides (Massey University, Auckland, NZ)
Second place for first time oral presentation: Bani Ichpuniani (Massey University, Auckland, NZ)
First place for best poster: May Yan (AUT, Auckland, NZ)
Nutrients Prize: Free publication of paper in Nutrients: Rebecca Cooke (University of Otago)


News and Events

20th Annual congress on Eating Disorders, Obesity and Nutrition

26-27 July 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

5th International Vitamins Conference

8-10 August 2018, Sydney, Australia

Tackling Diet-related Disease in New Zealand

4 September 2018, Wellington

See all events

Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson

At the beginning of October 2016, I was a part of the inaugural Oceanic Nutrition Leadership Programme 2016 (ONLP16). This is a sister programme to many others internationally, such as the European and African Nutrition Leadership Programmes which have been running for many years.

The course was run over eight consecutive days, in Bundanon, New South Wales with 22 participants selected to attend from the region. The programme was both challenging and inspiring.

Through ONLP16, I have gained greater insight as to who I am as a leader and how to work towards being a better leader. The sessions were interactive and expert led, offering role models and inspiring conversations around food, sustainability, ethics, research and general leadership qualities. One take away insight I would like to share is around the role of the follower, often overlooked, the follower actually holds a lot of power and often has to boldly make the first move in following an innovative leader.

Read more from Sarah and others