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Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition

The science of human nutrition encompasses all interactions between dietary nutrients and the human body. By studying how individual food components are digested, absorbed, metabolised and utilised, we can understand their effects on genes, cells, organs and the whole person. Deliberate manipulation of these food interactions can lead to improved health.

Human nutrition


Nutrition is becoming one of the key issues facing society. Undergraduate study in human nutrition at Massey University covers many disciplines, including nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, behavioural sciences, public health and sport and exercise.



We focus on the science of human nutrition and interactions among and between foods and ecosystems; nutrients, bioactive non-nutrients and contaminants; and metabolic processes and the human body.

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Meet our staff

The human nutrition team has extensive expertise.



We undertake consultancy work for food regulatory bodies, science academies and organisations seeking our research-based expertise.



We work with a range of partners and have ongoing collaborations with the New Zealand Defence Force, Plant & Food Research Ltd, Zespri, New Zealand Beef and Lamb, Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards, University of Sydney, University of East Anglia, Secretariat of the Pacific Communities, University of the South Pacific, Yale University, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Many of the Human Nutrition staff are involved with the Vitamin D Research Centre.

Nutrition symposia

A one-day symposia that continues to address nutrition's key messages in the first 1000 days.

Health professionals are encouraged to register for the October 27, 2016 event at Massey's Auckland campus.

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