Will the Real Nutrition Expert Please Stand Up?

There are many so-called nutrition advisors out there, sometimes it’s hard to tell just who is a qualified expert.
From the hottest trendy restaurants to school cafeterias, from corporations to day-care centers, the secret is out. The registered dietitian is recognized as the most valuable source of good nutrition.
Registered dietitians provide reliable, up-to-date food and nutrition information. RDs know the science of nutrition and have the education to back it up.
Many times you will find writers, salesman, and just about anybody calling themselves nutritionists. In reality, they may only be self-proclaimed experts.
When you need trusted, accurate, timely and practical nutrition advice, seek the advice of a registered dietitian, the nutrition expert.

A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
Bachelor’s degree with course work approved by ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
Complete an accredited, supervised, experiential practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or food service corporation.
Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition and diabetes education. About half of all registered dietitians work in clinical settings, private practice or health-care facilities. Many work in community and public health settings, academia and research, business, journalism, sports nutrition, and wellness programs.

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