Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Most people realize they need to improve their diet, some have even been doctor ordered to do so, but who should you see and what credentials should you look for?
A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) is a nutritional therapist certified by The Nutritional Therapy Association to evaluate nutritional needs and make dietary recommendations, helping clients to achieve optimum wellness by restoring balance to the body. Nutritional Therapy is a holistic, evidence-based and individualized approach to healing. NTA has strict requirements for acquiring and using this credential and the title is legally protected.
Registered Dietician: A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a trained nutrition professional who has met educational and standards set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This title is legally protected, nationally recognized, and unauthorized use strictly prohibited. However, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is criticized for being heavily influenced by lobbyist, having partnerships with food companies, and connections to the pharmaceutical industry.
Nutritionist: A "nutritionist" may or may not have professional training as this title is not as heavily regulated. Nutritionist certification boards require specialized training, an advanced degree, and practical experience before taking their certification exam, but not all who use the title nutritionist are board certified.
For these reasons and more I chose to pursue certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association.