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The Vegan Poop Post

By |September 10th, 2011|

By KD Angle-Traegner, Founder & Editor

If you knew me personally, you’d know that I’m not one to be afraid to talk about poop. Specifically, having healthy eliminations. Like urine, your poo says a lot about what you’ve been consuming- it’s pretty important to know how things are processing.

The word “poop” comes from the Middle English word poupen or popen which originally meant “fart.” The word evolved into “poop” (with it’s current meaning) around 1900.

So, what is poop made of? Water, dead bacteria, indigestible fiber, a mixture of fats, phosphates, live bacteria, dead cells and mucus (from the lining of the intestines), and protein.  So, why does poop smell?  Simply put, the smell of poo is based on what you eat. Those who eat meat enjoy a much stinkier poo, while those who do not have a less pungent smell.  So as you can see, what you put in affects what you put out.

Not surprisingly, vegans have the best poop in the land according to a recent study done by University of Bristol. I’m going to let Dr. Greger from Nutrition Facts give you the scoop on poop though, he does it with more grace and composition than I’d ever have using the term, “smooth vegan snakes.”

If you’ve never heard of, then you’re missing out. I love this site. Launched in August of this year, is a labor of love featuring all the videos from Dr. Greger’s past Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVDs, split into hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Dr. Greger’s videos are strictly science-based with citations, which makes them the perfect resource for discussing our vegan health.

Dr. Greger has committed to uploading a new video every day for an entire year, so there’s always something fresh for us to learn. Folks can, and should, subscribe to the daily video feed here And, come on, with videos like this one- why wouldn’t you subscribe?

Photo credit: Charleen Angle-Traegner

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Founder & Creator of Your Daily Vegan. Twitter: @YourDailyVegan


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  4. Emily March 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Over the past week I have gone 100% raw vegan. I have always had normal poops at least twice a day. Since becoming raw vegan I cannot poop! I’m fining that I’m I’m constipated and no ideas on to why this is happening. Any thoughts?

    • Connor March 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      I was on and off raw vegan for the last month or so and just recently after getting plenty of hydration from juicy fruits, vegetable juice, coconut, pumpkin seed milk, etc and also eating a LOT the shits are now A1. seriously i just passed one and it was beyond soft, it was full of fiber and was so soft it didnt even get packed into a sausage, it kind of just fell out, and because i eat so much fruit it Seriously. Didn’t. Even. Stink. as a matter of fact it had a sweet smell to it. Another thing i noticed is that once i stopped stressing over my bowel movements so much and just let it come when it wanted i started going 2-4 times a day.

  5. Anna January 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    lately, my stomach (belly button) has begin to hurt. i have no idea why, and my “poop” is yellow. being vegetarian .. is it normal to have yellow poop?

  6. pj287 June 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    So, if my shit looks like porridge, that is bad?

  7. Charleen September 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have to say it again, “smooth vegan snakes”

  8. joshgutier September 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Omg! That’s is the most informative and funniest vegan “shit” ! Smooth vegan snakes ….

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