Today’s diets blame salt for chronic diseases, high blood pressure, and hypertension. They claim a major decrease in salt will cure these problems. However, salt is an essential nutrient that every living creature needs in order to survive. What we have discovered in macrobiotics is that not all salt is bad and too little of salt is just as harmful as too much. Instead, salt should be evaluated on what type of salt is used, refined salt or unrefined sea salt, and when salt is added to food. This will determine if the salt will be harmful or beneficial to the body.