inner health, outer beauty
Are you interested in eating healthy, keeping fit, and staying well? Whether you have a specific objective, like losing weight or reducing high cholesterol, or you're looking for overall ways to stay fit and healthy, a Registered Dietitian can help you find your way through health and nutrition claims and design a personalized nutrition program.
Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition, that must have at least a bachelors degree, while some have a masters degree. Dietitians give dietary advice, help promote healthy eating habits, develop specific diets for people, and participate in nutrition research. They are regulated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). They must meet strict educational and professional prerequisites and pass a national exam before functioning as a Registered Dietitian. Every dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian.
Nutritionist are health specialists who are interested in food and nutritional science, preventative nutrition, diseases related to nutrient deficiencies, and the use of food and nutrients to cure disease and ailments. They also are no regulated. They have varying degrees of education in nutrition - some have very little and some may have a masters or PhD. Since the term "nutritionist" isn't regulated, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist and dispense nutritional information without having any education whatsoever.
For more information on the differences between a registered dietitian and nutritionist, listen to Marina's radio post.
Marina Savelyeva, RDN, was featured in the medical program "White Coat" on Alkarma TV Channel. In each episode, Dr. Meshel and Marina discussed diet fads, health, and nutrition for optimal wellness.