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Is undigested food in poop normal in terms of health and not a sign of malabsorption?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Of concern

Medicine often has a covering that goes through stool unchanged.
Partially difficult-to-digest foods may be not entirely digested. But if it is clearly undigested, it is of concern. One thing could be such rapid transit-as occurs with diarrhea-that proper digestion doesn't occur; malabsorption possible but food usually digested except for certain contents. If recurrent, see gastroenterologist.

In brief: Of concern

Medicine often has a covering that goes through stool unchanged.
Partially difficult-to-digest foods may be not entirely digested. But if it is clearly undigested, it is of concern. One thing could be such rapid transit-as occurs with diarrhea-that proper digestion doesn't occur; malabsorption possible but food usually digested except for certain contents. If recurrent, see gastroenterologist.
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