Mentone Educational is proud to offer a wide range of food replicas and models. These teaching aids assist individuals to understand how to create a balanced meal using visual representations of perfect portion control. Our high-quality products are produced by respected and reliable healthcare educators, Nasco.

Mentone Educational’s nutrition replicas and models are used for all levels of nutrition education as they are of the highest professional quality and are exceptionally realistic, allowing users to become confident in recognising appropriate portion sizes in their own cooking.

What are Food Replicas?

Food replicas are lifelike models of commonly consumed food or drink items. They come as individual or combination items and our range encompasses food models from each of the core food groups as well as discretionary items, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and sauces, dressings and condiments.   

Types of Food Replicas

At Mentone Educational, you will find an extensive range of nutrition and food replicas for sale. Our high-quality products are available to buy in a number of different types and at several different prices, ensuring they suit every age and stage and all levels of nutrition education. They are ideal for dietitians, nutritionists and other similar health or teaching professionals seeking to educate clients on appropriate portion sizes across various food groups. 

Individual food replicas come in various types, including:

  • Core Food Groups
    • Breads, Cereals, Pasta and Rice
    • Dairy
    • Fruit
    • Vegetables
    • Meat, fish, eggs and nuts
  • Discretionary and Snack Foods, such as ice-cream, cakes, popcorn and pretzels
  • Beverages
    • Non-alcoholic, such as fruit juices, coffee and soft drinks
    • Alcoholic, such as beer, wine and whiskey
  • Sauces, Dressings and Condiments, including mayonnaise, salad dressings, oils, margarine and butter
  • Combination Foods, such as pizza, fried rice, pasta dishes, chicken stir-fry and soups

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Nutrition Replicas can be purchased as individual items or in a package.

Packages come with various combinations of individual items. These either cover a general range of foods from the list above or target a specific nutrient, such as high fat foods, fibre-rich foods or carbohydrate-containing foods for those requiring Diabetes education. 

Mentone Educational offers competitive pricing, ensuring every individual can access practical and reliable nutrition and food replica products.

What Are Food Replicas Used For?

Food replicas are used for nutrition education.

Their primary function is to assist clinicians to educate clients on ideal portions. Dietitians, nutritionists and other health professionals or educators use these realistic, tangible models to provide an accurate visual representation of appropriate serving sizes. This provides clients with the unique opportunity to obtain a true understanding of what the item will look like on their plate, compared to simply using a description or photograph.

Alongside portion control, food models can also be used to educate clients on understand which items fall into each of the core food groups, assisting them to understand which items should be included at each meal and snack across the day to ensure they are eating a balanced diet and meeting their nutritional requirements.

Clinicians can also use food models to provide education on the nutritional composition of food items, which may be relevant in assisting clients to manage a particular chronic disease or medical concern. For example, those with hypertension (high blood pressure) may have been instructed to limit overall sodium (salt) intake, and would benefit from further education on high sodium foods. Similarly, those suffering from digestive issues may require education on high fibre foods to assist in promoting bowel regularity, or those who have newly been diagnosed with diabetes require an in-depth understanding of foods containing carbohydrate and how to monitor the amount, timing and type of carbohydrates they are eating throughout the day.

Leading Brands We Stock


Nasco has been a pioneer in creating hands-on teaching materials. Dietitians, nutritionists and other health or teaching professionals have used Nasco’s food replicas extensively to explain and demonstrate correct food portions and assist clients to create nutritionally balanced meals for their age and stage. They can be used at all levels of nutrition education and are easy to use and care for, making Nasco’s food replicas the ideal teaching tool.

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Mentone Educational has made a name for itself by providing only the highest quality of physiology equipment and educational resources to schools, hospitals, practices and universities across Australia. Owned and operated by experts, we pride ourselves on delivering friendly, knowledgeable customer service, ensuring that our clients have the advice needed to make the most informed choice.

For information on any of our products, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Send us a message via email at today or call us directly on (03) 9547 6638 at our Melbourne office for service across Australia.