Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but, only an RD or RDN has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. All RDs or RDNs must:
Roughly half of all RDs and RDNs hold graduate degrees and many have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology, or gerontological nutrition.
Do you want to lose or gain weight? Are you pregnant, looking to become pregnant or just had a child? Are you looking for ways to maintain your health in your older years? Are you an athlete looking to boost performance? These are just a few of the reasons people seek the expert, science-based advice of a RDN.
– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition Therapy or Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an evidence-based, individualized nutrition process meant to help treat certain medical conditions. The term was introduced in 1994 by what is now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of Registered Dietician Nutritionists (RDNs) and other credentialed food and nutrition professionals in the United States .
MNT is food and nutrition information based on fact that can help you understand how a healthy diet improves your health and fights disease. RDNs partner with you to develop a safe and realistic eating plan that you can stick with for the long haul. To guide and motivate you, an RD or RDN will use creative and out-of-the-box strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping and mindful eating.
MNT is developed and implemented by an RDN with the approval of the patient’s doctor. MNT may be conducted in a hospital, in an outpatient clinic, or as part of a telehealth program.
– Health Line