Things That Change the Color of Your Poop

Some might say that talking about your poop is bad dinner discussion, but those people are prudes who are afraid to learn something new about the human body. Every human being on the face of the planet, the super modeliest model, to a lowly Internet blogger has to poop every once in a while (hopefully once a day), and after a few years you get to know your bowel movements. When you see your poop changing color, you probably get nervous. You might ask yourself if you recently ate any foods that could have changed your poop color, or if you possibly have cancer. Those are both valid queries and we’re here to tell you about the things that change the color of your poop.

Pretty much everything that you put into your body has some effect on the color of your poop. Whether you’re a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos addict, or you can’t get enough of blue crayons, it all filters through your body and ends up in the same place. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong in our fragile human ecosystems, and one of the quickest ways to tell if something is amiss is to inspect your poop. If you’ve been noticing some weird stool, cross-reference the color with this list and hopefully everything will be a-ok. Keep reading to find out what things change the color of your poop, and leave us a comment with the weirdest color poop you’ve ever seen. Actually, don’t do that. 

  • Flaming Hot Cheetos
    Photo: Marcus Metropolis / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    Oh no you guys, the best version of Chester Cheetah's groundbreaking snack food, Cheetos, is turning everyone's poop a flamin' hot shade of red and it's freaking people out. According to Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician for Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, you're probably fine. Although if you're eating so many bags of this delicious, spicy snack that you're pooping a fireball you should probably eat a piece of celery. 

  • Aside from being delicious, beets contain a pigment called betanin that can turn your stool and urine red or even purple. But don't worry, it's not going to kill you. So if you've got poop that's coming out purple, don't freak out and start making death bed confessions just yet.

  • If you've got green poop then good for you, it means that you're literally eating a sh*tload of vegetables like kale or spinach. Although if you're consistently getting green poop you should contact your doctor because it may mean that you have too much iron in your diet

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    Bleeding in the Lower Digestive Tract

    If you check the toilet and see a dark red stool, you might have acute or chronic bleeding in your lower digestive tract or rectum and you need to consult with a doctor immediately. The bleeding in your lower digestive tract could be caused by anything from colon polyps to benign tumors, or even cancer.