8 Things That Change The Color Of Your Poop

Poop. It’s a topic that some people could say is too TMI, but here at Gurl, there are no topics that are off limits, especially ones that are about normal bodily functions. That’s why I’m going to be talking about poop today.

Perhaps you’ve looked in the toilet and been shocked to see the color of your pee after eating certain foods. There are actually a number of different foods that can alter the color pee. Not only that, there are foods that impact the color of poop, too.

To save you the shock of seeing them in the toilet, take a gander at eight things that can actually change the color of your poop. 


Tomatoes, tomato juice, sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce. You eat the right amount of any of the items and you will find that your poop takes on a reddish hue. Try to keep track of when you eat red-colored foods because there isn't any alarm when poop is red from those. If poop is red for no reason or bloody, then you will want to see your doc.

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Have you heard the one that if you eat too many carrots your skin will turn orange? The likelier thing is that consuming carrots will make your poop look orangeier. No, you're likely not going to be excreting stuff that looks as bright as a carrot, but it's likely it will take on an orange color.

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If you've ever attempted to cut beets, you will know that they can majorly stain skin. And if you're wearing a white T-shirt and you get beet juice on it, you can forget about it. Knowing this, you probably shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the deep red color of beets can result in reddish stools. If you're eating golden beets, candy cane beets, or a different variety, the effect might not be as obvious.

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Just think about the color of licorice. It's black, very black. And there are some licorice candies that have color added to them. So, you can see why even consuming a bit of licorice can change the color of bowel movements. I know the idea of black stool is a little freaky, but at least you now know where it's coming form.

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Sweet Potatoes

This one is similar to carrots. Sweet potatoes — and yams for that matter — will turn poop orange. Of course, if you're eating purple sweet potatoes, you can expect stool to turn purplish as opposed to orange.

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Hands up if you've had blueberries stain your mouth? The same thing can happen to poop. Consume enough of the juicy fruit and stool can take on a bluish color. If you eat a lot of blueberries, poop might actually start to look more black than blue.

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Leafy Greens

We hear a lot of about leafy greens like spinach, kale, arugula, and more being good for us. What we hear less of is the fact that they can alter the color of your poop. Consuming a lot of green veggies can make BMs greenish or sometimes closer to black. Just be aware that poop can also be green from diarrhea when it moves through the digestive tract too quickly.

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Artificially Colored Items And Candy

I've talked about a lot of natural foods so just imagine what foods that are artificially colored can do to stool. If something can dye the color of candy, cupcakes, Jell-O, juice, whatever, it can likely dye your poop. That means there are a rainbow of options depending on what color food you're eating. There are even articles dedicated to how Peeps can turn your poo pink. Sorry if that has put you off the candy, but it's true.

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