Registered Dietitian Nutritionist vs. “Nutritionist” // which would you trust? 🍓📚💭
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!