Arcenic sugars scare.
Japanese scientists are quick to point out that “if seaweed-sourced arsenic were a real problem, most Japanese would have either chronic or acute arsenic poisoning very early in life” and would display foreshortened life spans. Instead, Japanese enjoy the longest human health spans, longest human life spans, and eat the most seaweed per capita.
The total amount of seaweed in the sea and oceans is larger than all plants, trees and animals together. Without the seaweed and algae the oceans would be dead, the oxygen content of the air more than halved and turned in to a sewerage system.
Arsenic comes in all seafood, shellfish, fish and other sea creatures.
Rice grown in Arkansas and Louisiana has 30 ppm arsenic; California rice has 15ppm.
To ban arsenic is to ban food. Inorganic arsenic must be seen as different from organic types like arsenics sugars.
However it is popular to use the arsenic sugars present in seaweed to get control or ban the use of seaweed all together. Seaweeds are not “contaminated” with arsenic. All seaweeds contain arsenic; they deliberately accumulate arsenic up to 10,000 times the concentrations of arsenic in the seawater in which they are growing. Seaweeds contain an average of 30 parts per million arsenic/ dry weight