What Do Different Poop Colors Mean?
(WebMD) You’d probably notice if your poop is a different hue than normal. But what does it mean if it’s green? What about red, yellow, white, and black?
Most of the time, minor changes in the color of your waste are due to diet. After all, we don’t eat the same thing at every meal, every day. But sometimes a color change can signal a minor health issue. In rare cases, it means something serious is wrong in your digestive system.
If the color you see before you flush worries you, call your doctor.
Poop Color 101
Poop is normally brown. The color is the result of what you eat and how much bile is in your stool.
Bile is a fluid your liver makes to digest fats. It starts out as a yellowish green color. But as the pigments that give bile its color travel through your digestive system, they go through chemical changes and turn brown.
Most of the time, green or greenish poop is normal. Some of the things that can cause it:
- Green veggies, like spinach or kale
- Green food coloring, such as in drink mixes or ice pops
- Iron supplements
If you have green diarrhea, the color of your food may not be to blame. It’s likely that your meal moved through your gut too quickly, so the fat-digesting bile didn’t have time to turn brown.
This shade is also normal for many people. It’s common for babies, especially those who breastfeed. But if you have yellow poop that looks greasy and smells very bad, it may have too much fat. That could be a sign your body isn’t digesting food properly. Read more at WebMD.