Saturday, December 10, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Red no. 2 & yellow no. 5

Red no. 2 & yellow no. 5

Rain on pavement.
Red no. 2 and yellow no. 5. *
Look down!
Poor thing almost made it.

Colors of autumn on the East Decatur Greenway: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 11 September 2022.

  • * What's with that red and yellow reference, other than to the red leaf and yellow line?
    • "Red dye No. 2 was one of the first food dyes to be declared legal when the U.S. government began to regulate such things in 1906. A cheap, tasteless substance, only a very small amount of the dye was necessary to lend flaming color to foods and makeup. In 1976, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that, in high doses, Red No. 2 could cause cancer in female rats. The FDA declared it an ingredient non grata in the United States because although it had never been shown to pose health risks to humans, no one had been able to prove it safe, either."
      Live Science.

    • "In the late 1990s, a rumor swirled round that tartrazine in Yellow dye No. 5 laid waste to a man's sperm count. There was no scientific evidence to support the urban legend, nor was there any reason the myth focused so exclusively on Mountain Dew —tartrazine could be found in comparable concentrations in foods and drinks ranging from pickles to marshmallow Peeps to macaroni and cheese. However, in 2010, an internal U.S. Food and Drug Administration memo acknowledged that 'for certain susceptible children with ADHD and other problem behaviors, the data suggest that their condition may be exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, artificial food colors.' "
      Live Science.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 50 of 52, for year 2022. See it at Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.

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