Nutritionists and dietitians unpacked

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away…or does it?

With so much information on food and nutrition online, it’s difficult to know who and what to trust. What food is actually good for us? What foods should we be avoiding? With so much conflicting advice, the world of nutrition and healthy eating can often be overwhelming.

Avaana recommends that you begin your journey by consulting a dietitian or nutritionist to help you get started. Here’s what you need to know and some key differences between the two professions.

The who’s who in Australia

If you’re looking for expert nutritional advice throughout Australia, your local dietitian or nutritionist is the best place to start.

Nutritionists

Nutritionists are tertiary qualified in fields such as nutrition, food science and public health.  They work individually with you to assess what nutrients and essential vitamins you are consuming. This helps nutritionists to determine whether you are consuming foods which are, for example, too high in fat or too low in vitamins. Nutritionsts use this information to provide health and food choice advice tailored to your needs.

Dietitians

Like nutritionists, dietitians are tertiary qualified. They can work in similar roles and provide evidence based nutrition services.

However, dietitians also have more specific training surrounding their knowledge on nutrition. This means they are also qualified to work in hospitals and private clinical practice. They can also provide medical nutrition therapy and group or individual dietary counselling.

Dietitians can also provide individual dietary counselling to assist with losing weight and dealing with the emotional aspects involved with the food choices you make.

Food, food, food – what works for you?

Dietitians and nutritionists can both help you with a customised meal plan. By process of elimination, they can help determine what foods are having a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. This process is also used when assessing whether you may be lactose intolerant, coeliac or have allergies or intolerances.

As no two people react the same way to some foods, dietitians and nutritionists will spend time seeing how your body reacts to different foods. They then work to give you to help change your nutritional habits for the best.

Click here today to book your first session with a nutritional expert and change your perception of food and its impact on your health!

Amy Rae is a Canadian blog writer for Avaana, based in Melbourne, Australia. Fitness, travel and writing about her adventures are what she does best!

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