Great question! A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a nutrition expert who, at a minimum: holds at a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in nutrition science, completed a dietetic internship of 1200 supervised practice hours, and passed a national certification exam.
RDs also must complete at least 75 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits every five years to maintain their credentials.
A "nutritionist," on the other hand, is less clearly defined. It could be someone who worked for years to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition science. It could also be someone who earned a certificate at a weekend workshop.
No matter who you choose to work with, it's important that they have rigorous training to best meet your needs.
Adding to the confusion is the new credential RDN, or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently approved the use of the RDN credential in order to capitalize on the recognizability of the word "nutritionist." Simply put, RD and RDN are interchangeable.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NUTRITIONIST, AN RD, AND AN RDN?
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