What is the Difference Between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

There are several differences between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian. This week, Mint Nutrition Clinic is focusing on this confusing topic and clarifying some misconceptions about these nutrition professionals. 

The Differences Between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist

The major difference is that, registered dietitian is a coveted title in Ontario, and only practitioners who have the right accreditation can call themselves that term. All other nutrition practitioners who are educated through a holistic college or university program are called a nutritionist in Ontario. 

Also, registered dietitians work more in a hospital setting and deal with medical issues (such as tube feeding and disease management), rather than weight loss plans and exercise regiments. 

Nutritionists are more likely to work for individuals outside the hospital setting and are more focused on bettering one's eating and creating a healthy lifestyle change for the their clients, rather than disease management. 

At Mint Nutrition Clinic, we like to emphasize the differences between these two nutrition practitioners and help our clients the best way that we can.

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