Hijiki is typically found on rocky coastlines around Japan, Korea, and China. A popular, traditional Japanese food and a part of the Japanese balanced diet, Hijiki contains extremely high contents of dietary fibre and essential minerals. Based on Japanese folklore, the seaweed promotes vitality, beauty, and thick lustrous black hair. Despite its significance in Japan, recent studies suggest potential toxicities in the vegetable, and food safety agencies of several other countries have since strongly advised against its consumption. 

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