Howard, this is precisely the kind of thoughtful exchange that I so love about Medium. I appreciate very much your taking the time to invest in such a lengthy response. What works for me is when someone chooses to share with an eye towards educating rather than slamming me on the noggin and calling me stupid. That gets us nowhere.
As someone who doesn’t take in that much salt to begin with (no Cheetos anywhere near my house) and who rolls my roasted almonds in paper towels to rid them of the excess, which is excessive, I have little taste for too much. However, that can’t be said for those in love with savory, and who aren’t particularly careful. I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to food, when we listen to our bodies, and attend, the body in all its wisdom will communicate in no uncertain terms what is too much or not enough. I might also argue that it’s something of a fool’s errand to try to establish broad guidelines when the universe of your body is vastly different from the universe of my body- and we could easily say the same for all nearly 8 billion of us. You and I could probably make a pretty good argument that- especially in rich Western countries- we have veered a long way from healthful and towards what tastes good. It is in so many ways such an individual journey, which is what I wish more folks would take on, because it ends up being both a delight for the tongue and a gift to the body when we genuinely study what we like, what likes us back, and respect the fact that those things change and shift through aging, pregnancy, injury, etc.
That said, and you make an excellent point, any time a study comes out, it serves to follow the money. Who stands to benefit? Precisely. Again, many thanks for your investment of time. I appreciate it.