Nutrition is my passion. I love healthy food and how it can make you feel. I love food that tastes good. I love to cook and bake. I don’t love, however, how everyone is the expert.
I think I know why everyone thinks they are the nutrition expert. We all eat! And of course, every time you turn on the television you hear something new about food and nutrition. Or people “research” a topic, meaning they google it. Be very careful with google.
But would you go to a plumber for advice about cable TV? Or to a police officer for advice about a suspicious mole on your back? There are nutrition professionals that have been trained to give sound nutrition advice. Registered Dietitian is a protected title and those called such must meet requirements for education, credentialing and continuing education. While some “nutritionists” may be qualified (some Registered Dietitians are called nutritionists as well), it is an unprotected title and most anyone could obtain that title through mail order.
I came across this interesting article: From Health Food Store to Health Food Expert. The most interesting part of the article were the first five paragraphs. How many times have you asked your health food store clerk for nutrition advice? Or your mom’s friend’s sister? There are as many answers as there are people for nutrition information. If you want answers based on research (real peer reviewed research rather than google) and up to date information, you want a professional. Someone that has devoted their educational pursuits to ensuring you get the best care possible while also fitting it to meet your lifestyle and health goals.
To schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian go to www.eatright.org. There you can put in your location (by city, state or zip code) and specify what type of dietitian you would like to see (weight loss, sports nutrition, diabetes, eating disorders, heart disease, etc…).
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD