The best nutrition experts on Instagram all have something in common and no, it’s not a shared obsession with weight and chia seeds. It’s that they’re all qualified, certified and trained to dish out diet advice. Alongside their photography skills, their advice slowly becomes a part of your plans. However, with so many different titles and terms used by professionals – nutritionist, nutritional therapist, dietitian, sports dietitian, and registered dietitian to name a few – it can be hard to know who’s worth one’s salt. The major difference between dieticians and nutritionists lies not in what they do, but how they operate.
Wendy Lopez, M.S., RDN, and Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., CDN (@foodheaven): Wendy and Jessica are not only best friends, but cancers born one day apart and registered dietitians. The pair co-run the Food Heaven blog, cohost the Food Heaven podcast, and coauthored 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot. Their IG provides tasty looking food images, recipes, and adaptable nutrition tips.
Aja Gyimah, MHSc, RD (@compete.nutrition): A registered dietitian with a special interest in sports nutrition and chronic disease prevention. Her recipes are easy to follow and she ensures that you are excited about every choice.
Ayana Habtemariam MSW, RDN (@thetrillrd): A nutrition therapist who specializes in anti-dieting and disordered eating. She focuses exclusively on weight loss, she explains on her website, can exacerbate mental health issues and lead to increased rates of chronic illness—particularly in communities of color. She helps her clients (and her followers) learn to love their bodies as they are.
Brooklynne Palmer (@beetsbybrooke): A medical student based in Dallas, sharing nutrient-dense plant-based meals. Her posts detail what she’s eating and how those foods affect the body and the mind. One mission of Beets by Brooke is to explore the overlap of race, culture, and food, she once wrote.
Maya Feller, M.S., R.D. (Maya Feller, M.S., R.D. (@mayafellerrd): A registered dietitian passionate about educating people on the role food can play in chronic disease prevention. She is the author of Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook and helps mbg out with so many of our nutrition-focused articles. : A registered dietitian passionate about educating people on the role food can play in chronic disease prevention. She is the author of Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook and helps mbg out with so many of our nutrition-focused articles.