Registered Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

So many people ask what  is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist.  A registered dietitian must have a bachelor’s degree, completed a supervised practice program, and then must pass a national examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  To keep registration a dietitian must also complete 75 continuing education credits every 5 years.  A nutritionist has no real defining factors.  Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist without any training at all.  Scary, isn’t it?!?

To quote the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians”.

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