It is often that you will find your stool has changed shade or color, however this is completely normal.
The change in color can occur depending on different factors; it can be a reaction to what you have eaten, excess fat, or internal bleeding.
However, it is important to recognize that an unusually colored stool does not necessarily mean you should worry.
It is important to conduct research before panicking for the color could change because of something as simple as eating cake the night before.
Red Velvet Cake
What Is It?
Red Velvet cake is famous for its vibrant red color, made from cocoa powder and vinegar to bring out that rich chocolate taste.
Traditionally, you will find the cake layered with a cream cheese frosting, further enhancing that delicious sweet flavor.
Does It Change The Color Of Your Stool?
The way to achieve the cake’s bright red color is to add food coloring whilst baking, however it can occur that the red food coloring can indeed turn your stool red.
Understandably, if you were to use the bathroom and look down to see your feces has turned red, the first thing anyone would do is think the worst.
You will probably get even more of a fright if you are changing your child’s diaper and spot the red stool.
The first thing that comes to mind is blood but you should be reassured that this is not what you are looking at.
How Do I Know Red Velvet Is The Cause?
The easiest way to find your answer is to consider what you have eaten in the last 24 hours.
More than likely, you would have eaten red velvet cake, and this would be the answer to all your questions.
It is important not to jump to any conclusions, for there are many other reasons as to why your stool would have changed colors.
When To Worry
Of course, it is perfectly acceptable to be cautious. There may be times where your stool changes colors and it isn’t due to the food you had eaten the night before or vibrant food coloring.
A few examples of color stools and their meanings.
If your stool is red this can have several meanings. It can either mean you have internal bleeding in the intestines, or you have recently eaten something bright red such as tomato juice or beets.
If your stool is constantly red and you know you have not consumed anything to cause this, it is then time to consult your doctor.
If your stool is white then this can be due to a lack of bile in the stool, or the color could be due to certain medications you are taking. One example is bismuth subsalicylate.
If your stool is black, this can be caused by potential bleeding in the stomach, or due to dietary patterns such as the consumption of black licorice or iron supplements.
Foods That Can Change The Color Of Stool
Red velvet is not the only food that can cause a change in stool color.
You will find that the main culprits are foods with vibrant colors, this either being natural or due to food coloring.
In the case of red velvet cake, it is the food coloring which causes the change in color, however there are still plenty of other foods which can be listed.
Although vegetables are good for you, consuming large amounts of green veggies constantly can eventually have an impact on the color of your stool.
Eating foods such as broccoli, spinach and brussel sprouts can lead to green stool and this is because green foods contain chlorophyll, a green pigment often found in these foods.
Beets hold a vibrant red color, so it can be scary to notice your stool has drastically changed color after consuming some.
Beets contain betacyanin which gives them that deep color, and when digesting this red beet the betacyanin is digested differently.
Whilst with the general digestion process the food loses its color, the red beet, because of the betacyanin, does not.
This is why you will often hear stories about red stool after eating beets.
Berries can also be the cause of a stool’s change in color, in particularly blueberries.
Blueberries are known for their vibrant blue color so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find your stool looking a shade of blue or black.
This is a more common reason for the change in color. Only on rarer occasions would your stool be this color because of a medical concern.
Overall, we can now acknowledge that a colored stool does not always have negative connotations.
Although on some occasions colored stool can be linked to medical reasons, more than likely will you find your stool a reflection of what you have consumed in the last 24 to 48 hours.
Red velvet cake is a great example of a food containing bright food coloring. Red velvet cake is known for its vibrant bright red tones created by coloring, and this coloring can have an impact on the state of your stool.
This does not mean, however, that every time you indulge in red velvet cake your stool will turn bright red.
Everything is dependent on how much of the cake you have consumed as well as how much food coloring was used in the cake mixture.
There are variety of foods that can cause your stool to change color which we have covered – beets, spinach, blueberries, and many more.
Furthermore, it may also be due to the medication you are taking; your stool could change after taking Pepto-Bismol or bismuth subsalicylate.
However, the most important thing is to not jump to any drastic conclusions.
More than likely, you will find that your change in stool color is due to what you have consumed or the type of medication you are on.
Remember to think about logical explanations before consulting your doctor.