The title "Nutritionist" is not protected therefore anyone can call themselves a nutritionist regardless of whether they have a qualification or not. Nutritionists are only qualified to provide information about food and healthy eating and not specific diets for treating conditions.
Dietitians are the only regulated health professional in Canada qualified to provide nutrition counseling. Dietitians are also regulated health professionals; the title 'dietitian' is protected by law, just like physician, nurse and pharmacist. You can identify a dietitian by the initials RD or PDt after their name. To use these titles, the Dietitian must meet and maintain provincial registration requirements. Dietitians are identified by 97% of Canadians as a credible source of food and nutrition advice.
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