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I heard a rumor that if your poop doesn't float, its a sign of poor diet. Is this true?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Mis-informed

"floating poop" is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas.
You are correct in that diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more.

In brief: Mis-informed

"floating poop" is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas.
You are correct in that diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more.
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