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Inorganic arsenic is toxic and is contaminated through food and drinking water. We have analyzed inorganic arsenic content in food of Japanese children and pregnant women. Not like other countries, drinking water was not a major source of contamination in Japan, but food especially of frequent Hijiki seaweed consumers contained high concentration of inorganic arsenic.

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Hijiki seaweed is known to contain high concentration of inorganic arsenic exceptionally. Hijiki is popular as a food item high nutrient and is sometimes recommended to children and pregnant women. However, our results suggested that frequent usage of Hijiki adds daily intake of inorganic arsenic.

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This page is a summary of: Hijiki seaweed consumption elevates levels of inorganic arsenic intake in Japanese children and pregnant women, Food Additives & Contaminants Part A, January 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/19440049.2018.1562228.
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