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Nutrition, Nutritionists and Dietitians

Nutrition, Nutritionists and Dietitians

We all know that Nutrition is the study of Nutrients in the food, how our body needs and uses them and how related are diet, health and diseases. Nutritionists, use ideas from molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics to study and understand how Nutrients affect the human body.

If a person has too much or too little of Nutrients in the daily food intake, it could pose health risks. Nutrition also focuses on how dietary choices can reduce or prevent risk of disease. Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, Water, Nourishment etc. are provided by Nutrients. A right balance of these essential nutrients must be maintained in our diet to keep us fit and energetic throughout the day.

Dietitian and Nutritionist

The role of a Dietitian is more regulated than that of a Nutritionist, the main difference lies in the type of education and professional training. There are some legal restrictions between the two titles. Dietitians need to acquire certain licenses and certifications before he/she can start practicing. A Nutritionist does not need to be always professionally trained even though it is highly recommended. Normally the term “Nutritionist” is not as regulated as “Dietitian”.

The dietitian is highly educated in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics – the science of food, nutrition and their impact on human health. Dietitians acquire the expertise to provide evidence-based medical nutrition therapy and nutritional counselling. Dietetic subjects include medical nutrition therapy and therapeutic diet preparation.

Nutritionist may specialize in different areas like Sports Nutrition, Public Health, Animal Nutrition etc. Nutritionists may be trained or untrained individuals. Nutrition subjects include nutrition programme planning and nutrition education.

Though both do more or less same thing, there exists a difference between a Nutritionist and Dietitian in many countries.

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