I am a Registered Dietitian (RD). I also have an advanced degree in Nutrition Science (Ph.D) as well as a M.S. in biology with an emphasis on microbiology along with a recent interest in epigenetics (i.e. how our genes interact with our environment (diet, for example). For the record, I used to be but currently am not a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and haven’t been for quite some time. But I do wholeheartedly support Dietitians for Professional Integrity. For information on what is going on, CLICK HERE. AND HERE. The recent decision of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to include its seal on Kraft Singles has raised the ire once again of many RDs and others who have followed this dilemma for a while now. The discussion of this situation calls attention to who exactly is qualified to provide nutrition counseling to the public.
This debate has been going on for quite some time and will continue well into the future. For those who are further interested, please read this excellent comprehensive article that appears to consider all aspects and interests of others who may also be qualified to earn the right to counsel the population in the complex field of diet and nutrition.