What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional who can provide advice on nutrition, food, and healthy eating choices. A Registered Dietitians takes complex medical and nutrition research and translates scientific information about food into practical dietary advice.

Whether you are trying to manage a medical condition with a special diet, control your weight, feed your family, or interpret nutrition facts on food labels, a Registered Dietitian can help.


Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist: What's the difference?

The title "Registered Dietitian" and abbreviation “RD” are protected by law through provincial legislation, so that only qualified practitioners who have met national standards for education and training and who are members of the provincial regulatory bodies can use this title.

The term “Nutritionist” is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can call themselves a "Nutritionist".

Hiring a Registered Dietitian ensures that you get accurate and appropriate information from a professional who is accountable for her knowledge and expertise. By hiring a dietitian, you are protected against unethical or false advice and can trust that you’ll receive a high quality service.