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Posted by: Kay | 2010/04/30

Nutritionist vs dietician

Is there any difference between a dietician, clinical dietician and a nutritionist?

Also, whom does one go to to assess specific nutrition/dietary needs and then also to get specific dietary recommendations and possible meal / menu plans?

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Dear Kay
In South Africa, dietitians who have a practice and see individual patients are usually referred to as 'clinical dietitians'. These dietitians will assess your food intake and advise on individual diet prescriptions to treat conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, raised blood fats and obesity (to name just a few). Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. Nutritionists on the other hand, can have studied in other fields such as biochemistry, food production, etc, and then specialised in nutrition (usually on the post-graduate level). If you have a specific dietary problem, then I would recommend that you consult a dietitian. Discuss menu plans with the dietitian you visit. In the meanwhile you can click on 'Diet/Food' at the top of this page and do Searches for most conditions and most diets.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/04/30

Dear Kay
In South Africa, dietitians who have a practice and see individual patients are usually referred to as 'clinical dietitians'. These dietitians will assess your food intake and advise on individual diet prescriptions to treat conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, raised blood fats and obesity (to name just a few). Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. Nutritionists on the other hand, can have studied in other fields such as biochemistry, food production, etc, and then specialised in nutrition (usually on the post-graduate level). If you have a specific dietary problem, then I would recommend that you consult a dietitian. Discuss menu plans with the dietitian you visit. In the meanwhile you can click on 'Diet/Food' at the top of this page and do Searches for most conditions and most diets.
Best regards
DietDoc

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