Dietitians and Nutritionists: What’s the difference?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a nutritionist and a dietitian? To put it simply, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, while a dietitian has credentials. The term “nutritionist” is not regulated. Any person working in a health food store, a gym, or anyone who has taken a weekend course in nutrition can call themselves a nutritionist.
A Dietitian is Always Accredited
A Registered Dietitian has earned a four-year degree in dietetics from an accredited university, completed 1,000 hours of a dietetic internship, passed a national examination, and is required to complete continuing education every year.
A nutritionist may or may not be a nutrition professional. A Licensed Nutritionist (LDN) is the only other way to be sure. The state of Massachusetts requires proof of a degree in nutrition, and either completion of a dietetic internship or documented years of professional nutrition experience before they will license a nutritionist. Like RD’s, LDN’s are also required to complete continuing education every year.
Trust a Professional
Registered Dietitians and Licensed Nutritionists have received high levels of training and will safely dispense accurate, evidenced-based information. With so much information in the news and on the web, doesn’t it make sense to trust your health to a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist?