Technology provides us with so many resources using a simple Google search. This is especially the case when it comes to looking for nutrition advice. As of today (6/10/20) if you search for “nutrition advice”, Google will bring up 1,050,000,000┬áresults.

1,050,000,000!

Just think about how much time it would take to read through all of those!

So, how do you know what information is reliable and credible? What’s the difference between a foodiologist, nutritionist, and a dietitian? Aren’t they the same?

Foodiologist:

  • Made up term to describe someone who knows about food

Nutritionist:

  • Typically a health coach or instagram influencer
  • Can be anyone, including you
  • No specialized knowledge required for this title

Dietitian:

  • The most credible title out of the three
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, master’s degrees required as of 2023
  • Is educated in medical nutrition therapy, biology, chemistry, food science, counseling, management, food service operation, microbiology, anatomy, and many other subjects
  • Must complete 1200+ hours of supervised practice through an internship program
  • Must pass a national registration exam prior to practicing in a work setting
  • Is required to complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years
  • Must follow a code of ethics
  • Is a protected title

While all dietitians are nutritionists, not all nutritionists are dietitians. When seeking out specific nutrition information, it is always best to look for a registered dietitian nutritionist. No matter what your nutrition concern is, they can always help guide you in the right direction.

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