A 39-year-old male asked:
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can eating the vegetable beets cause your stool to look like it has blood in it ? like turn the water in the toilet red ? thanks

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Dr. Richard Rafoth
51 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: Beets can cause the water around the stool to be reddish in color. And the same for the urine. Usually it has a bit more of a purplish cast than blood.
Answered on Mar 26, 2019
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: This happens all the time. Sorry you got a scare.
Answered on Mar 26, 2019

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