Does nutrition drive you nuts ?!

Kathrynne Holden

Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD  

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But...what's an RD?

Well, let's start with what an RD isn't --- 



--the diet police ("What's that cheeseburger doing in your hand?!")
--the food gestapo ("Eat this carrot, you will love it!")
--a nutrition Nazi ("Ten Foods You Should NEVER eat")
--your mother ("Eat your crusts, it'll make your hair curly!")

An RD is a Registered Dietitian  -- a nutrition expert !!

An RD:

  1. has successfully completed a dietetics internship, and         
  2. has a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in human nutrition or dietetics, and         
  3. has passed a registration examination by the American Dietetic Association.

You may hear of people who call themselves "dietitians" or "nutritionists." They DO NOT have the qualifications of a registered dietitian. A registered dietitian is a qualified nutritionist, but a nutritionist is NOT a qualified dietitian !


An RD can clear up confusion about diet and nutrition. An RD can help you plan a personal eating style for:

-- Sports competition -- Food allergies -- Heart disease -- High blood pressure -- High cholesterol -- Ulcers -- Esophageal reflux -- Cancer prevention -- Weight control .......and many other conditions

Some RDs are vegetarians. Some specialize in sports nutrition, or work with women and children. Some RDs work in hospitals, others in food service or public health. My own interest lies in diet for people with Parkinsonís disease. 

For help finding an RD in your area, call the American Dietetic Association, 1-800-366-1655. They can help you locate an RD who specializes in your particular needs. 


"There is no love sincerer than the love of food." -- George Bernard Shaw.