Can I use Sargassum in cooking?

You should not use Sargassum in cooking because it may contain large amounts of heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium. 

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1. Where does Sargassum come from, and why is it washing ashore?
2. Why is Sargassum a concern?
3. Why does Sargassum smell so bad?
4. How can hydrogen sulfide affect my health?
5. Does Sargassum cause skin rashes and blisters?
6. Will hydrogen sulfide from rotting Sargassum cause cancer or other long term health effects?
7. Can I use Sargassum in cooking?
8. How can I protect myself and my family from exposure to Sargassum?