Nutritionsist vs. Nutritional Therapist – what is the difference?

A nutritionist has a degree or masters degree in Nutrition, providing them with a strong scientific background. Their knowledge is based on reliable scientific research. Nutritionists are recognized by the medical profession and can be employed by the NHS.

Nutritionists are regulated by the Nutrition Society, of which I am a member. Please visit www.nutritionsociety.org for more information.

Nutritional therapy comes more under the umbrella of complimentary medicine, although its basis is also scientific. It takes a more holistic view of health, looking at treating individuals as opposed to disease states.

A fully qualified nutritional therapist, recognized by The British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) and the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) will have studied a diploma or degree in nutritional therapy. However, as the profession is currently unregulated, training and qualifications can vary between therapists.

Nutritional therapy is a very useful and beneficial therapy if used by a properly qualified therapist and can often help to manage chronic health problems that conventional medicine finds difficult to treat.

Most nutrition advisors are trained only in nutritional therapy so may not have the scientific background of a nutritionist.

 “I incorporate what I believe to be the best principles from my study of both nutrition and nutritional therapy into my practice.”