Dr. Stig wrote:
Unless you specifically want to work in nutrition or dietetics, I’d think a degree in biochem would be a better choice.
Every time, remembering most ‘nutritionists’ and registered Dieticians know fuck all.
Don’t get the two confused. Any asshole can call themsleves a nutritionist. Registered dietitians complete accredited coursework, a structured internship, and must pass the national exam. Most states also required licensing, as well. Many RD’s also get higher degrees, and the ADA is thinking about making a MD a requirement to practice, too.
…but I’m getting tired of defending RDs on this site.
Anyway, to the original poster:
If you want to work with people or work in management as an RD, an undergraduate dietetics curriculum is structured to meet all the requirements set forth by the CADE. However, if your interests are more in research, biochemistry might suit you better.
Just keep in mind the licensing issue if you want to give advice. It’s technically illegal to offer treatment in the way RDs do if your not registered and/or licensed.
I was more thinkin out loud and of the UK. The qual you need to be a state dietitician is a 4 yr course called
BSc (Hons) Degree in Dietetics
If you pass it, you become a proper ‘Dietician’ and can work in a hospital and have your own office.
The course covers…
- Catering/Food Science/Food Skills
- Clinical Medicine/Pharmacology
- Communications/Educational Methods/Health Education
- Information Technology/Research Methods and Statistics
- Social Policy and Administration
Anyway I did a month in a hospital working with three different dieticians who were responsible for quite serious aspects of patients ancillary treatment.
One had total misunderstanding of food based pathogens, one would not believe omega 3 are found anywhere else then fish oils and all of them said protein powder / vitamins are dangerous etc. Plus they knew FUCK ALL about healthy eating, nutrition, dietetics etc.
Unless someone who was a dietician read up elsewhere or was clued up to the failings of their knowledge I’d not employ them. They used to suggest eating more margerine as a good way to gain weigh in malnourished people.
I agree there are good dieticians / nutritionists but there aren’t many.