The other day while shopping I saw beets had dropped to rock bottom prices, so I picked up a bunch of 'em, took them home, wrapped them in foil and threw them in the oven for an hour. I then proceeded to eat 3 or 4 of them myself (my wife and friends it seems are not as big of fans of beets as I am.) All was good, until my next BM.
This came not the next day, but the day after. I noticed that my stool was abnormally dark in color, dark green trending toward black instead of its normal brown. I'd give 'em a 4 on the Bristol scale for consistency, and these were sinkers. I took a look at them after I wiped (you can learn a lot from your poo!) and noticed what appears to be blood dissipating off of the poo. I had no difficulty in passing them, no abdominal pain / discomfort since the last BM.
At first I was alarmed: I work in health care and my wife is a nurse, so I know black tar stool is a bad sign. But then I remembered all the beets I ate, and wondered if this could be the cause.
2 days later, I had my next BM and these were still green, although less dark. There was a little bit of the bloody colored dissipation again, but less than before.
My question is: Could this be coloration from the beets? or is this something that I need to worry more about? I have the rest of the beets to eat for lunch today, but I'm worried about eating them preventing me from ruling them out as the cause. Any thoughts?