Nutrition is a complex field of science that can be challenging to understand, especially with the increased media attention that comes along with it. Low carb, high carb, low fat, high fat, Paleo, Gluten-free, the list goes on! For most of the American public, it can be difficult to decide what nutrition information is true and what is fallacy. Let us help you!
Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts. Our nutrition counselors are masters level Registered Dietitians (RDs). To obtain this credential, RDs complete a 4-year Bachelor’s degree, Dietetic Internship comprised of 1500+ hours of supervised practice with experience RD’s, and pass a Board Certified National Exam. In New Mexico, a state issued license is mandatory to practice as an RD. Additionally, Registered Dietitians are required by our accrediting body to complete 75 approved hours of continuing education credits in order to renew their titles and licenses.
All RDs are nutritionists, however, not all nutritionists are RDs. Nutritionists in the state of New Mexico are required to have a Master’s degree in Nutrition and pass a state exam. This exam is not the same as the Board Certified exam for dietitians. These requirements that a fully licensed and Registered Dietitian must meet protect the Scope of Practice of Nutrition and Dietetics in New Mexico. Other states do not have any guidelines protecting the scope of practice of nutrition; they might use the term “health coach” may be used or even “nutritionist.” Keep in mind that these individuals may have had either an extensive education in nutrition and dietetics, or very little.
You can feel confident about the level of professional care offered by our Registered Dietitians at DietitiansABQ.