A 18-year-old female asked:
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i noticed today that my stool was a bit darker brown than usual. definitely not black, just darker brown than it usually is. what caused this?

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Dr. Selma Holden
12 years experience Family Medicine
Most likely normal: Our stools can vary in color depending on what we eat. Some foods such as beets clearly do this, while the amount of fiber and protein can shift the color slightly. If you pass soft, well formed stools on a regular basis, don't feel pain with passing one, don't see any blood or black tar-like substance in or on it, then you most likely are fine.
Answered on Sep 13, 2019
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Diet: Though blood can make your stool black, dark brown stool is not necessary worrisome. Dietary changes and medications can also cause changes in stool color.
Answered on Aug 4, 2015
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