Registered Dietitian Nutritionist vs. “Nutritionist”

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist vs. “Nutritionist” // which would you trust? 🍓📚💭The Spoonful of Health-Registered-Dietitian-Nutritionist

Registered Dietitian — The Commission on Dietetic Registration defines a Registered Dietitian (RD) as an individual who:

(1) has completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or equivalent;

(2) has met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association;

(3) has completed pre-professional experience accredited/approved by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association;

(4) has successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians;

(5) has remitted the annual registration maintenance fee; and

(6) has accrued 75 hours of approved continuing professional education within a specific five-year reporting period. 

“Nutritionist” is not subject to any professional regulation. Any person may call themselves a nutrition expert even if they are wholly self-taught. Be careful with who you trust! 

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