RD, RDN, LD, CBN, NBNC: acronyms for licensed and or registered dietitians. These are the professionals who work in the medical fields, and your doctor or specialist likely has one on staff. They work in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. A lot of them go on to work for companies like NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, or one of those “Medi-Fast Weight Loss” centers. Some large globo-gyms have one or two on staff, and they are the contributing editors and staff writers for the “Health & Lifestyle” sections of major publications and news media outlets. These professionals are responsible for health & science-based nutritional advice regarding your specific illness, disease or concern. For example, if you are diagnosed with IBS, your doctor will send you into the office of his RD, and he or she will tell you to eat more fiber and drink more water (maybe). Patients who are diagnosed with T2 Diabetes will have an RD assigned to their case, and common advice heard is to eat whole wheat, whole grains and maintain a low fat diet.
If that advice was not enough reason to second-guess a legitimately licensed and registered dietician, keep reading: