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Black stools can mean a serious medical problem, so how can you tell if this discoloration is from beets? Have your stools appeared black lately, and did you wonder if this
wasnБt from having recently eaten beets or the juice of this vegetable, and instead feel fearful that you might have a serious disease? БBlack stools are often a sign of bleeding from a site in the upper GI tract, such as an ulcer, etc. ,Б says Michael Blume, MD, a gastroenterologist atб , Baltimore. БOther things can make your stool black, however,Б says Dr. Blume. б БCommon causes of this could include medications such as iron or Pepto Bismol, as well as certain foods, such as spinach or beets. Б So there you have it: Beets, indeed, can make bowel movements appear black, but be careful here.

IБm not so sure that beets can make poops literally as solid black as chunks of coal. However, in certain light, poops can appear off-black or an extremely dark brown, like a brownish-black. What does this look like, when compared to the very dark discoloration from old blood? Since IБm in that 10-15 percent of the population who experiences visible undigested beet pigment (betain), I can tell you what Бblack stool beeturiaБ looks like. Whenever my BMs appear Бblack,Б IБve noticed that they are small and in clusters like big pebbles (size of marbles). The color is actually off-black or a very dark brown. ItБs possible that the size and shape of the poops create the illusion of a darker hue.

They arenБt this dark when theyБre larger in diameter and more link-like. б Often, the smaller an object is, the deeper its color appears to be, at least when the color is inherently dark. So what you are БseeingБ as black bowel movements may actually be just a very dark brown. I recommend removing a few from the toilet and setting on a paper plate in good light. Then place something black, such an article of clothing, besides your poops and make the judgment. The pigment of my darkest stools, resulting from beet ingestion, is actually an attractive brown-black. It has a smooth, rich quality and its uniform. If the sight of БblackБ stools alarms you even though you know it has to be from the beets you recently consumed, I recommend you increase your fiber intakeБa lot.

This will loosen your bowel movements and tend to make them lighter, even if thereБs betain in them. Related Content:б Maybe once out of four times we empty the litter of our 3 year old feline, we find some stool partly dark almost black in color. As with humans, dark colored stool sometimes indicates blood or iron. Is this normal for a cat, could this be due to her diet or should we be concerned about this coloring in her stool. Thanks, A. H. Dear A. H. , This black coloration could certainly be from her diet or digested blood as you mention. With ulcers, the digested blood/iron will usually make the stool appear uniformly black, not partly black as you describe.

To be on the safe side, however, we would take the next black stool you see to your veterinarianБs office for a full parasite check and perhaps an occult blood test to be sure there are not other problems. We hear from people who worry about overreacting. Our response has always been БWe would far rather you overreact and bring every little concern to your vetБs attention than ignore a potentially serious problem until it is too late. Б Your veterinarian is your single best resource for your catБs health. You should never be shy of contacting them with these types of concerns and they should always urge you to be overcautious in having these things checked out.

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