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A 18-year-old male asked:

Can red pepper take a few days to fully get out of your colon?i saw 1-3 small red spots in my stool for 2 days now had red peppers in a dinner friday

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: The average time it takes for food to transit through our GI tract is about 50 hours, but can vary from a few hours to a few days. Red pepper may not fully be digested (esp. if it is dried flakes) and thus might show up in the stool. If this was bleeding, bright red blood usually comes from the rectal area and would not look like flakes. Blood from further up the GI tract is usually very dark.
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