Why is My Poop Green?

You, me, everyone at one time has gazed down at their work, after a session on the porcelain god of relief and noticed their poop had taken on a strange hue. Not the normal brown we had grown quite accustomed to seeing but rather a dark green color…what gives? Why is my poop green? Could it be the spinach casserole I had for dinner or maybe the half a box of Crunch Berries I had for breakfast/lunch? Oh, most definitely this will cause it.

Why is my poop green?

Why is my poop green? Too many popsicles?

Why is my poop green?

Bottom line is this: 99% of the time if your poop is of the green variety, then look at the color of the foods you have recently eaten. Green food color doesn’t break down as well as other colors so it survives the digestive tract to color the bile. Keep in mind some color are a blend of food coloring, so even though you might not recall eating anything green, it could very well had some green food coloring in it. Keep in mind, this advice is pertaining to children and adults as babies can have green poop for totally different reasons.

Spinach and other green vegetables can turn your poop green. Too much iron will also cause a color change.

Crunch Berries and Lucky Charms are my biggest green poop culprits. The sight of green poop in the toilet screams to me; “Quit eating that crap!”

Jabba the Poo

Why is my poop green? Because I'm Jabba the Poo!

What’s the Remedy?

Well, it’s not really a problem if you can trace it’s cause to a green vegetable, colored foods or excessive iron. Otherwise consult a doctor if it drags on for more than a few days. Poop starts off green in the upper intestine and as it reaches the lower intestine, it turns brown. So, if it consistently green with no apparent cause, this could be indicative of diarrhea or some other problem that causes.

Gallbladder issues can cause multicolored poop as well.

Diseases that might cause green stool (adults):

  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Gallbladder Stones
  • Celiac Disease
  • Giardia
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Food Poisoning
  • Stomach Flu
So, rest assured that most green poop can be sourced to a rather mundane cause like food coloring and leafy green vegetables, but sometimes it can be more serious.
Read more at the Mayo Clinic on when to worry regarding stool colors.
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