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Registered Dietitian Vs. Nutritionist

Posted by Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Fo...
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on Monday, 20 March 2017 in School Nutrition Blog

rdvsnutThe difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist often come up in conversation and as a Whitsons registered dietitian, it is important to note the difference between the two for our clients, parents, students and readers.

 

A registered dietitian or RD/RDN is quite different from a nutritionist. In fact, being an RD requires a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from a college or university. To obtain this degree requires classes such as food and nutrition sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, and chemistry. After the degree is completed a supervised internship program must be completed through health care facilities, food service locations, as well as community agencies. 

 

After all of these requirements are complete, there are a variety of job roles available. These job roles allow the individual to explain nutrition to both individual clients and groups, help to create meal plans, and also to provide nutritional assistance in hospitals, as well as other community outreach programs.  As the dietitians become more experienced, many choose to continue with certifications in specialized practice areas (pediatric nutrition, diabetes education, senior nutrition, wellness, etc.). Every five years both the RDs and RDNs must renew their credentials. This requires them to obtain continuing education hours based on their professional goals.

 

A nutritionist on the other hand is very different. The term “nutritionist” is not regulated and has more of a broad, general meaning. These individuals typically do not have any type of training, and should not be consulted with the diagnosis or treatment of any nutritional diseases. Many nutritionist based programs do require to pass a test after about six months, but do not have a dietitian type license. Although many nutritionists do have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, it may not be in nutritional sciences.

 

If you require nutrition advice or information, it’s best to speak with a registered dietitian.  Although there are a number of nutrition websites online, there is a great deal of misinformation.  Always check the source of the information provided by the website.  

 

At Whitsons, our team of registered dietitians are always available to answer nutrition questions not just for clients, but for our online community with our “Ask the Rd” service.  Just email your nutrition question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of our registered dietitans will reply with an informative response.

 

For more information about Whitsons Culinary Group, our nutrition programs and our team of registered dietitians, visit www.whitsons.com.

 

Contributor: Katherine Ancona, R.D.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science from Clemson University in 2013. While attending Clemson University, she led a team of undergraduate students in modifying recipes to be healthier. She is most interested in wellness, pediatric, and culinary nutrition, and she also serves as a volunteer for the Kids Eat Right Campaign. Katherine completed her dietetic internship at Oklahoma State University in 2014, and began working for Whitson’s Culinary Group as a Registered Dietitian in August of 2016.

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