Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dietitian vs Nutritionist

Dietitians are often asked what the difference is between a dietitian and a nutritionist and you will find that most dietitians will correct you if you call them a nutritionist. This is a very important distinction for people to understand, so it is a great question to ask.

A Registered Dietitian has completed a Bachelor's degree specializing in foods and nutrition and an accredited internship or a graduate degree. This title is protected by law under provincial legislation so that only qualified practitioners who have met education requirements can use the title Registered Dietitian. This ensures you are getting advice that is current, credible, and scientifically based.

The title 'Nutritionist' is not protected and thus there is no guarantee that the individual has the appropriate education to provide nutrition advice. A Registered Dietitian is required to meet the credentials mentioned above by law.

Your health is important, so make sure you check the credentials of the health professionals you turn to. Visit Dietitians of Canada to learn more about how "Dietitians make the Difference"!

Steph Wheler