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.

Conference 2021: Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand


Theme: Tūhono - Reconnecting

The 2021 Conference was a great success, thank you to all our speakers and attendees for helping making it such a great virtual event.

Muriel bell Lecture

At each Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society held in New Zealand, a free public lecture, is held in Muriel Bell's name. In 2021 this was presented by Professor Sheila Skeaff.

  • Wednesday 8th December 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Online Event - recording now available
  • Free to attend and open to the public.

    Lecture Title: Lick the plate clean: the intersection of food, nutrition, and waste.

    This talk will describe my journey as an academic in human nutrition, from theory to practice. The phrase to "lick your plate clean" historically meant to eat everything on your plate, either from hunger or because the meal was so delicious. This talk will be a 2021 reinterpretation of the phrase and focus on food choice, good nutrition, and food waste.


    Conference Organising Committee

    • Prof. Pam von Hurst (Chair), Massey University
    • Dr Sally Mackay, University of Auckland
    • Dr Helen Eyles, University of Auckland
    • Dr Chrissie Butts, Plant and Food NZ
    • Dr Shabnam Jalili–Moghaddam, AUT
    • Dr Jasmine Thomson, Fonterra
    • Prof. Rachel Brown, University of Otago
    • Dr. Claire Smith, University of Otago
    • Cassie Slade, Massey University
    • Sara Mead
    • Cherise Pendergrast
    • Tina Buch, Heart Foundation
    • Bek Parry, CDHB/NSNZ