registered dietitian versus nutritional therapist


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Registered Dietitian or Nutritional Therapist - what are the differences?

Registered Dietitian

Only those Dietitians registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) can call themselves a Dietitian.

All Dietitians are Nutritionists but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians.

Nutritionist is not a proteced profession. Many Nutritionists graduated from university and have a huge amount of experience but there are also many that don't. As a layman it can be difficult to find out the difference and whether it's the 'real thing' or just someone who completed a weekend course. Don't get dazed by the many letters behind a name.

Nutritional Therapist

Anyone can call themselves a Nutritional Therapist. Nutritional Therapists do not have to be registered with a professional body.

A Which? investigation has found that some advice given by high street Nutritional Therapists could seriously harm patients' health.

Anyone who is worried about their health is advised to visit their GP, who can refer them to a registered dietitian for tailored, evidence based dietary advice.

Visit for more information about the differences between Registered Dietitians and Nutritional Therapists or download the leaflet from the BDA:

Visit  to read the full Which? article.