Nutrition Information: Who Can You Trust?

NutritionistMaybe you have heard of the grapefruit diet for losing weight or a friend has mentioned that bananas make you fat. You may have been told that Spenda is a healthy alternative to common sugar substitutes or that you should avoid eating onions or mushrooms. Whatever food advice you have received, before you start implementing any changes in your diet, you should consider the source and determine how qualified it is to give nutritional suggestions. There are only a few reliable sources for nutritional information. These sources are registered dieticians (RD), nutritionists, and possibly health writers. All other sources should be researched more thoroughly before adopting any suggestions.

Registered dieticians are considered experts in diet and nutrition. A RD must have completed several years of schooling in this field. To receive this credential a person must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college that is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). A (CADE) certified practice program that is typically 12 months long must also be completed. To be a registered dietician a person must also pass a national examination commissioned by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). All of these requirements help to ensure that anyone with this title has been trained thoroughly in the area of diet and nutrition. All registered dieticians are expected to complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain their certification qualifications.

Nutritionists are also considered reliable sources of information. Unfortunately there are no set standards for people seeking the title of nutritionist. To be certain that you are getting sound advice it is best to ask for credentials, schooling or training information.

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