We are bombarded with conflicting nutrition information every day, making it hard to know who to listen to. Here’s a simple solution: check credentials and listen to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). These experts are accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have an undergraduate degree in nutrition plus a year of clinical experience. They must also continue their education to maintain that status, keeping them up to date with current trends and specializations such as diabetes education or sports nutrition.
Not to be confused with an RDN, a nutritionist has some training but is not an accredited expert. Nutritionists typically have a degree in nutrition without the clinical experience. They may work as research scientists or health educators. Just beware of those individuals who call themselves nutritionists with little or no training to back it up — the type of person who sells nutrition products online.
If you find yourself confused by the process of getting solid nutrition advice, seek the help of an RDN.