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Nutrition Facts

We believe all New Zealanders should have access to accurate information about food and nutrition to help them to make the best choices for a healthy lifestyle.

This section helps you to make those healthy choices by providing the facts and figures on a wide range of nutrition topics. All of the information in this section has been written by degree-qualified nutritionists.


People eat foods and not single nutrients so thats why it is important to know which foods provide which nutrients. Our food choices determine the combination of nutrients we eat.


Food Groups

Traditionally, Kiwi meals have centred around ‘meat and three veg’. Roast lamb, potatoes, and vegetables have been a favourite for generations. Nowadays, this has been joined by influences from overseas, such as chilli con carne, burritos or butter chicken. But what they all have in common is they contain a variety of food groups.


Vitamins are compounds that are needed in small amounts by the body but are involved in a large number of chemical reactions. Vitamins can be separated into two groups;


Although only small amounts - measured in milligrams (mg) or micrograms (ug) - of minerals are required in the diet, minerals have many important functions in the body including bone structure and regulating body fluids.
Each mineral has a different function – find out more information by clicking on the minerals listed.