A 25-year-old male asked:
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can beets change my bm color? i had some beets in a salad and notice my stool is leaching red.

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Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier
31 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If you havent eating beets or other dark red foods in a week and your stools are still red then have your md check for blood.
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
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Dr. William Harris
33 years experience Family Medicine
Absolutely!: Beets and red kool-aid turn stool red. Fruit loops turns stool green. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and iron tablets turn stool black. You may even see blue stool after eating a cake with a lot of very blue frosting. If it is a food, the stool color change will only be the one time. Worry about any stool color change that continues -- blood, cancer, hemorrhoids, inflammation can cause big trouble!
Answered on Mar 2, 2016
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