I am really excited about NuSI…I think there are obviously going to be some big challenges to making this project work, but there is a lot of promise–and the fact that they’re ACTUALLY taking steps to make changes instead of just sitting around and talking about it and debating but not doing anything…well, that’s a pretty exciting first step.

Weight Maven

Interesting reactions to yesterday’s launch of the Nutrition Science Initiative, whose purpose “is to facilitate and fund rigorous, well-controlled experiments targeted at resolving unambiguously many of the outstanding nutrition controversies — to answer the question definitively of what constitutes a healthy diet.”

Co-founder Gary Taubes:

NuSI was founded on the premise that the reason we are beset today by epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and the reason physicians and researchers think these diseases are so recalcitrant to dietary therapies, is because of our flawed understanding of their causes. We believe that with a concerted effort and the best possible science, this problem can be fixed.

Board of Advisor member Tim Ferriss equates NuSI with the Manhattan Project (hyperbole much?):

Imagine what could be done if we had an X-men-like group of the world’s best scientists, independently funded and uninfluenced by industry, tackling the most important questions…

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