Nutritionist vs Dietician: What’s the Difference?

Key Highlights

  • Nutrition experts help us with our healthy eating journey.
  • Nutrition experts refers to both nutritionists and dietitians.
  • Stay away from self-claimed nutrition experts without any degree or certificates.

Human body is a complex system. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

To treat or prevent any medical conditions or to achieve any health goal, we have to know our body in depth.

For this reason, there are many types of experts who do their job to help us. For example, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, fitness trainers etc.

To be one of the health experts, you have to go through training and most of them have to acquire a license to practice what they are.

One of the most important health experts is a nutrition expert. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“

The word ‘Nutrition Expert’ is often used in place of a nutritionist or dietitian. Because all of them are experts in providing dietary advice specific to our needs.

Nutrition experts refers to both nutritionists and dietitians.

In this post, I will talk about nutrition experts.

So, let’s dive in. ๐Ÿง

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Nutrition Experts can give you healthy diet plan

Definition of Nutrition Expert

As the name suggests, nutrition experts are specialists in the field of nutrition.

Meaning, they can advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“

Person who is trained to help, teach other people of any age to build healthy eating habits to improve health and prevent disease.

Nutrition experts can provide nutritional counseling, meal planning, and nutrition education programs.

They also look at the effects of the environment on the quality and safety of food, and how it affects health. ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒŽ

Summary: Nutrition experts has the authority to advice people on healthy eating to prevent disease and cure medical conditions.

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Nutrition experts refers to both nutritionists and dietitians

Nutritionist vs Dietitian

In many countries, a person can claim to be a nutritionist even without any training, education, or professional license.

However, many reputed and internationally accepted universities and education institutes provide certification courses. ๐Ÿ…

But a dietitian, specifically registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has a university degree, professional license, and certification for professional practice. [1]

RD or RDN is used after one’s name by licensed experts.

Summary: Every dietitian is a nutritionist but not every nutritionist is a dietitian. 

Nutrition experts also have sub-specialties like doctors.

Specialties of Nutrition Experts

Nutrition is a vast topic. In real-world applications, there are many areas one can be specialized in. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“

For example, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, industry nutrition, management nutrition, teaching nutrition and research nutrition.

Letโ€™s quickly explore one by one.

Clinical Nutrition Experts: Clinical nutrition experts work in clinical areas like hospitals in one-on-one situations with inpatients and/or outpatients. [2]

They also work with their families, in assessing, designing, and implementing dietary strategies and nutritional therapies. [2]

Clinical nutrition experts often deal with medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, or obesity.

They also work with doctors to come up with a plan of action in situations where a treatment protocol, such as chemotherapy, impacts a patient’s overall diet or creates particular food sensitivities.

Community Nutrition Experts: Community nutrition experts work in health clinics and recreational centers, local, state, and federal government agency programs, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

They often work with specific subgroups like children, the elderly, at-risk families to address specific nutritional issues.

In other words, they deal with public health.

For example, community nutrition experts explain, educate and make plans to implement countries official dietary guidelines.

Industry Nutrition Experts: They often advise on innovation of new products and on social media marketing related to food products.

Management Nutrition Experts: They often participate in the management and organization of food or food products to ensure the quality and salinity of food during the production process.

Teaching Nutrition Experts: Teaching nutrition experts acts as a trainer in public and private centers that impart knowledge about food, nutrition and health. They also can teach in schools or colleges.

Research Nutrition Experts: Research nutrition experts are trained to join a multidisciplinary team of research and development. They promote research in the area of โ€‹โ€‹food, nutrition and health.

Summary: One cannot be specialized in every area of nutrition. However general nutrition experts are. Specialized nutrition expert has more authority in their respective field.

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List of Nutrition Experts

The Final Word

Nutrition experts play an important role in our health and fitness journey.

They have the authority to advise people what to eat in what condition. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“

However, a basic understanding of nutrition is needed to easily apply their advice.


This article is written by a certified nutritionist and verified by scientific evidence. โ˜‘๏ธ

We rely on reputed and specialized media sites, academic research institutions, peer-reviewed studies, government agencies, and medical associations to source information. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

We avoid using tertiary references. Know more about how we ensure our content is accurate and current by reading our editorial policy. ๐Ÿง

Following are the references of this article. 

  1. Very Well Health: What Is a Nutritionist? Accessed 16 August 2021.
  2. Clinical Nutrition Espen: What is clinical nutrition? Understanding the epistemological foundations of a new discipline. Accessed 16 August 2021.

About the Author

A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury is a IGNOU certified nutritionist in India with a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry.

He also has considerable research experience and additional certificates in nutrition. ๐Ÿ‘

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿฅ—

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