What the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist or nutritional therapist?
Aren’t they the same thing? The names do get use interchangeably but there is a big difference. The term ‘dietitian’ is a protected title. No just anyone can call themselves a Dietitian (by law) unless they have undertaken a specific university degree.
Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist, a Nutritional Therapist, a Clinical Nutritionist or a Diet Expert. Only registrants with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) can call themselves a Registered Nutritionist (RNutrs).
Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about food and healthy eating, but not about special diets for medical conditions.
Nutritional therapists see individuals on a private basis who wish to consider alternative/complementary medicine.