Monday, October 25, 2010

Registered Dietitian: The Food and Nutrition Professional

What is a registered dietitian?

I was recently asked the question, "What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?"
In simplest terms, I explained that a registered dietitian undergoes rigorous training in the sciences, management, education and human behavior, to mention a few. Additionally, a registered dietitian completes a dietetic internship to become a dietitian. Ultimately, the student/dietitian must take and pass a comprehensive test to become qualified as a registered dietitian or RD.

On the other hand, nutritionist is one who completes training in nutrition, but the field of nutrition is much broader. And with little government standards for who might call themselves a nutritionist, far too many people have established themselves as 'nutrition gurus.

More to come.