Why Use a Registered Dietitian (RD) for Your Nutrition Services?
Where do you get your nutrition information from? Is it from the media? A colleague or coworker? Wherever you seem to get your information, make sure it is valid! With today’s boom in online personal training programs and fitness nutrition programs, it can be difficult sorting through what is “healthy” material and what is “garbage” material. Many people don’t know that it is illegal for someone who is NOT a registered or licensed dietitian to provide detailed nutrition services. This means an individual who calls themselves a “nutritionist” isn’t legally able to give you a custom meal plan or macronutrient breakdown. Now why is it so strict? According to the great state of Ohio, food is considered medicine. An example would be someone who is deficient in vitamin B12. Their signs and symptoms may resemble someone who is deficient in folic acid, however they are not and the true issue may easily be overlooked. This simple mistake can cause severe damage! The food could “cure” the deficiency much like a medicine can cure an illness.