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?
I would suggest not eating the beets for lunch if you want to find out if they are the culprits - and if you have another BM that is suspicious I would go see your doc!
I commented on this earlier. In my experience (it's amazing the things we talk about here), eating a lot of fresh beets (by that I mean roasted or boiled whole beets, rather than canned) leads to a noticeable pink/purple color in both pee and poop for about 12-24 hours. It does look somewhat like blood, which freaked out my friend.
Generally beets will appear more pinkish in your stools or urine. Blood will appear black after going through the digestive system. Unless you are suffering from hemorrhoids, then the blood will appear red, but thicker. Beet juice will be thin and watery and mix with the toilet water creating a Kool-aid effect. Blood will be thicker and won't mix with toilet water as easily. My advice, be comfortable with who you are, and don't look for too many answers in the toilet before you flush!
Just for future reference...stool that is dark due to blood will also likely smell like onions. My mom had this issue, but didn't realize it was blood at first. She kept trying to figure out when she had eaten enough onion to cause the odor. (She had Crohn's disease and colon cancer, so she was VERY aware of her diet and BM relationship)
She ended up in the hospital after noting frank blood in the toilet after BM. After she used the toilet in the hospital a nurse went in to take the sample. As soon as the nurse walked in we heard her exclaim "Woo! Someone has blood in their stool!" and told us the onion smell was common with that.
So, short story long...if you ate a lot of beets and your poo is dark and does NOT smell like onion, its probably the beets (as you already deduced).
I had a binge one time on the TerraChip "Sweets and Beets" chips.
The next day, I swore I shat a kidney, same color and everything.
No lie, I freaked out. I called my wife and told her I think I need to go to the emergency room.
I could hear her roll her eyes through the phone. She simply replied "You ate a whole bag of beet chips yesterday".
"Oh... yeah. So... how is your day?"
Sometimes we get bulk beets and we feed them to the animals. When I feed my goats and chickens beets, we have red goat pellets and burgundy red chicken poo everywhere. The goat pee is hot pink too. It's quite the color fiesta! And, yes, mine is the same.