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Are there foods that you don't digest at all?

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Created October 11, 2010 at 3:51 AM

I noticed when I eat corn kernals, I simply do not digest them in any way. They come out looking exactly the same as when they entered. I thought this was weird until I met someone else who said the same happens with her for any type of corn, even ground up bits of corn, cornbread, etc. I have the same thing with small seeds, like sesame seeds, but I suspect that might be more normal. None of these foods seem to cause any other percievable problems, nor does my digestion seem upset. They simply pass through untouched, but no apparent other side effects. You would think some bacteria in the large intestine would get to work on the corn or something, but apparently not. Anyone else have this with corn, seeds, or some other food?

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2520 · October 12, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Yep - I hate all those filler foods! Just drink water if you want some volume in your stomach, or eat lots of leafy green veg. Even better - fix your sugar cravings, and you won't feel compelled to constantly be munching on something or freaking out every time your stomach grumbles.

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2520 · October 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM

True, Eva, but I eat those veggies every day - obviously I had eaten more veggies than usual, or perhaps more everything than usual, and my digestion didn't cope. Quite spectacular results... I wonder what you'd get if you ate a few pounds of rainbow chard... ;)

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851 · October 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

beets can also make your urine red.. particularly if you are anemic

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Kinda makes sense. Isn't that suppposed to be mostly fiber? I have used it on pets with unsettled stomach.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

SOme foods can change stool or urine color. It's some kind of chemical reaction. I think it's asparagus that can change urine color in some people. It's supposed to be harmless though.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I don't eat it much anymore. Once in a while it will be in something and I am too lazy to pick it out.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I used to eat corn all the time. Digestion never improved. I used to joke it was like diet food. I eat it, but I probably get no calories from it!

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2520 · October 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I've never gone looking for butt corn... and I'm okay with that.

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1626 · October 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I have always wondered when people started calling corn a vegetable when it is nothing like a vegetable...

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1248 · October 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Corn is a grain, yes. I choose not to eat it.

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2004 · October 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

With corn it was the same with me - and my little son when he started eating family meals. And the mushrooms as well landed unchanged in the diaper.

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1288 · October 11, 2010 at 6:16 AM

I also thought corn was not paleo?? Its a grain isn't it?

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717 · October 11, 2010 at 5:44 AM

A few of us can actually digest it. I've never once observed any trace of butt corn in my stool.

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56616 · October 11, 2010 at 4:20 AM

Yeah, with quinoa, corn, and wild rice in particular. We aren't ruminants: our bodies have a tough time breaking down the plant cell walls. Maybe if you eat this crap all the time you get more bacteria that can help deal with it or maybe it's genetic(my parents don't digest this stuff either), but the human digestive system can only do so much to fodder. I don't have this problem when the grain in question is fermented, ground, or soaked though. If I did I might worry about having too little HCL in my stomach and I might take a acid supplement after meals.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I used to eat corn all the time. Digestion never improved. I used to joke it was like diet food. I eat it, but I probably get no calories from it!

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2004 · October 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

With corn it was the same with me - and my little son when he started eating family meals. And the mushrooms as well landed unchanged in the diaper.

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1510 · October 11, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Sunflower seeds, quinoa, brussel sprouts, sometimes carrots ... just ick.

I used to think that these were caloric freebies - eat as much as you want, because so little will be digested, but now I know better. For me at least, dealing with these undigestables puts my body under a lot of stress until.

But I think this is the whole concept of low-carb pasta? Add some plastic filler that will come back undigested?

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2520 · October 12, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Yep - I hate all those filler foods! Just drink water if you want some volume in your stomach, or eat lots of leafy green veg. Even better - fix your sugar cravings, and you won't feel compelled to constantly be munching on something or freaking out every time your stomach grumbles.

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18671 · October 11, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Mashed pumpkin looks exactly the same in my baby's diaper as when it went in.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Kinda makes sense. Isn't that suppposed to be mostly fiber? I have used it on pets with unsettled stomach.

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2520 · October 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I'm not sure which food did it, but recently I found myself depositing dark green stools - unless my zucchini/silverbeet/kale/whatever was carrying some crazy artificial colouring, I'd say something wasn't being completely broken down. I also find that if I overdo it on the fat, it can pass straight through me.

I also remember being painfully aware of the fact I'd eaten popcorn about a day after going to the movies... And, these days, when I don't bother scrapping the tails of prawns in my urgent devouring of their shrimpy goodness, I get slapped as they make their exit the next day. Erk.

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2520 · October 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM

True, Eva, but I eat those veggies every day - obviously I had eaten more veggies than usual, or perhaps more everything than usual, and my digestion didn't cope. Quite spectacular results... I wonder what you'd get if you ate a few pounds of rainbow chard... ;)

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

SOme foods can change stool or urine color. It's some kind of chemical reaction. I think it's asparagus that can change urine color in some people. It's supposed to be harmless though.

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851 · October 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

beets can also make your urine red.. particularly if you are anemic

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4991 · October 11, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Green peas.....

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513 · October 11, 2010 at 4:57 AM

Lol, I thought it was common knowledge that people don't digest corn :P

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1248 · October 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Corn is a grain, yes. I choose not to eat it.

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2520 · October 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I've never gone looking for butt corn... and I'm okay with that.

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20787 · October 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I don't eat it much anymore. Once in a while it will be in something and I am too lazy to pick it out.

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1288 · October 11, 2010 at 6:16 AM

I also thought corn was not paleo?? Its a grain isn't it?

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1626 · October 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I have always wondered when people started calling corn a vegetable when it is nothing like a vegetable...

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717 · October 11, 2010 at 5:44 AM

A few of us can actually digest it. I've never once observed any trace of butt corn in my stool.

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0 · January 20, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Dang, I got a bunch of carrots, and now I am turning the pot orange. I stopped eating corn as much as I could, then I bought carrots and had carrot cake, so I noticed orange strips in the pot after my delivery of waste, and figured it was just the carrot cakes fake carrot stuff, then I realized I thought wrong when I delivered shattered carrot ships to the pot sea, lol .

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