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The pink flush apparent on the breast of this Franklin's gull is produced by astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment acquired by the bird's diet. Keith Corliss

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You are what you eat. Or at least that's what we've heard all our lives. Of course it's not meant in a literal sense. I don't consider myself a pizza although I indulge in the vegetable, meat, and cheese pies with some regularity. A quick Internet search of the phrase's origin reveals a 19th century French origin. We English borrowed it sometime later and it's come to represent the notion that food controls our health according to phrases.org.uk. Good enough.

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