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I've heard from several people that kool-aid makes your poop turn green. Seriously.

One ex-friend of mine would constantly menton that grape kool-aid made his poop green, and another friend said that fruit punch kool-aid had the same effect.

These two don't know each other.
I'm really curious as to WHAT, in that sugar drink, makes feces turn (bright) green.

[Confused]

p.s. sorry if this is gross. o_o;;; it's a food question... again, sorry, and i'm sorry if this doesn't belong here x.X

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I'm really curious as to WHAT, in that sugar drink, makes feces turn (bright) green.
Food coloring.

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...but that says "green food dye" in large amounts...
grape kool-aid (which is purple) must not have much green in it...?

even the magically clear and strawberry-kiwi-flavoured kool-aid turns poop bright green. where's the colouring in that?

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grape kool-aid (which is purple) must not have much green in it...?
Food coloring doesn't necessarily come out of you the same color it went in. Certain food dyes, such as Blue #5, react with bile when metabolized and turn green.

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I used to be poor. I mean really poor, so poor in fact, that it could have been pronounced po'.

So needless to say I drank tons of kool-aid, as it is really cheap and tastes better than plain old tap-water.

I never pooped green from drinking kool-aid. I'm pretty sure that something else is turning your friends' poo colors. I have pooped green before, but I was usually sick at the time and I haven't drank kool-aid since I stopped being poor.

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I don't know about kool-aid but I know that purple snow cones and "Cookies and Green" milk turns my kid's feces bright green. In fact I think that's the only reason the boy drinks the stuff.

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I remembered some article on WebMD or elsewhere that feces not a natural color means you have a problem with yourself. Either colon or kidney failure.

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One day about three years ago, my then 4 year old got into the fridge and found a bottle of beets. After eating the whole thing (about the equivalency of 2 medium sized beets) we discovered her with her purple face.

Next day we heard her screaming. Her poop was purple as well. Not the exact colour of beets, but almost an indigo.

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But I've seen instances where the clear kool-aid turned poop green. Bright green. Fluorescent green.
And the drink was clear!

[Confused]

Must be something else in it, then. In that instance, with the clear kool-aid, I refuse to believe that dye had anything to do with it.

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My kid drinks the crap out of kool-aid and his poop is brown.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chickee Daizy:
My kid drinks the crap out of kool-aid and his poop is brown.

I don't know whether your phrasing was intentional, but it came out pretty funny. [Big Grin]

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Blue Powerade does the same thing to some people.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chimera:
I don't know about kool-aid but I know that purple snow cones and "Cookies and Green" milk turns my kid's feces bright green. In fact I think that's the only reason the boy drinks the stuff.

He is a boy after my own heart!

I remember about 10 years ago there was a brand of soda that came out with very edgy titles to its line. One soda in particular was touted to turn your shit(yes they used cuss words on their labels)blue! I can't remember the name of this brand so perhaps somebody might know. It was only available from novelty mail order catalogs and record shops.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheBobo:
He is a boy after my own heart!

I remember about 10 years ago there was a brand of soda that came out with very edgy titles to its line. One soda in particular was touted to turn your shit(yes they used cuss words on their labels)blue! I can't remember the name of this brand so perhaps somebody might know. It was only available from novelty mail order catalogs and record shops.

The"yep it worked"Bobo

I think you're talking about Motley Brue.
http://www.popsoda.com/motleybrue.html
I remember seeing it in an old Spin magazine and claimed to turn your poop blue.

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That is not it. I believe the bottle had a picture of skull on the lable.

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My cousins's 5th birthday in 1981 had the family enjoying an R2-D2 cake with loads of blue icing. The next day, everyone was relating stories about how their poop had turned blue. And not brown poop with a tinge of blue, but smurf blue poop...

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I gave my baby infant Tylenal and his poop turned out green.

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I'm a sucker for red velvet cake, and recently discovered the snack food of the gods: Bingles.

Think Twinkie but with redcake instead of yellow and a cream-cheesey filling instead of non-dairyish; made by Bluebird; tough to find (they might be Spring seasonal).

And they have a SIGNIFICANTLY reduced shelf-life due to the creme filling... I experienced this first hand.... Mmmmm... Rancidy.

Anyhoo, Bingles and red cakes in general tend to send the color right through me. I don't so much notice with other food colorings, unless it's profound, like that purple "juice drink" you can buy in a gallon jug at the grocery, but it's really the Reds that noticably take the fastlane to my septic tank.

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Well, when my kid drinks Sunny Delight, and it doesn't matter if it's the orangy junk or the grapey junk, it turns her poop bright green.

And she's perfectly healthy, too.

Apparently, her body produces green poop when reacting to certain dyes.

Of course, that was several years ago, when she was very small and I still SAW her poop....I dunno if it has the same effect now, and I know that I'd get a resounding, "Mo-ther!" from her if I asked.

Of course.....when I eat buttercream frosting with blue dye, I swear I produce Smurf blue poo.

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Green apple Jell-o turned my poo bright green-- bright enough that I said out loud, "What the hell?" when I noticed it.

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BooBerry cereal and blue soda turn my poop and that of my son BRIGHT, practically fluorescent, green. Every time. Other things that have turned us bright green are blue kool-aid and some fake grape drinks. But with BooBerry, even a bowl would do it - sometimes you'd get half a stool in dayglo green and half brown lol.

Pepperoncini, little pickled, bright green peppers, turn my poop bright bright yellow.

Pepto Bismol comes out black.

Now I realize this is TMI but it's that kind of subject [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by TheBobo:
That is not it. I believe the bottle had a picture of skull on the lable.

Are you thinking of Blue Brainwash?
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quote:
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I'm a sucker for red velvet cake, and recently discovered the snack food of the gods: Bingles.

Think Twinkie but with redcake instead of yellow and a cream-cheesey filling instead of non-dairyish; made by Bluebird; tough to find (they might be Spring seasonal).

Oooh, those sound good. Must try to remember to hunt them down next spring.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by TheBobo:
That is not it. I believe the bottle had a picture of skull on the lable.

Are you thinking of Blue Brainwash?
That's the one! Thanks!!

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Just taking daily vitamins and eating more fruit and I turned into a crayola factory. No dyes in any of that.

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I remember my collage days and living poor. I would quite often just buy a large sack of potatos and eat a few of them a day. It was not long and my poop was green.

Poop was one of the first word my wife learned in english. Since in her native language of Thai the word for "poop" is "poot".

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I've noticed that US drinks have far more colouring than in the UK. Wonder if it's due to stricter health regulations here or if we just prefer stuff to look more natural. US Orange soda practially glows in the dark the colours are so unnatural
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quote:
Originally posted by Shades of Pale:
But with BooBerry, even a bowl would do it - sometimes you'd get half a stool in dayglo green and half brown lol.

LOL! Those are always entertaining diapers to change.

A couple of years ago, Hershey's came out with a chocolate syrup that was a really foul color green as a tie-in with the Hulk movie. Absolutely disgusting stuff, and it made the kids' poo all kinds of nasty colors!

But I do think that it has to do with the person how easily their poop changes color. My oldest rarely sees much other than brown, but my fourth has a wide spectrum of color in his diapers and it doesn't seem to take much of a given substance to cause the change.

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Yellow Play-do has a most effective result on poo colour - a sort of glowing very light grren with tan highlights. Scared the hell out of me when changing the boy wonder's nappy.

(We only figured it out a day later when the yellow play-do tub was found empty)

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I've noticed that US drinks have far more colouring than in the UK. Wonder if it's due to stricter health regulations here or if we just prefer stuff to look more natural. US Orange soda practially glows in the dark the colours are so unnatural

I don't think Tizer looks all that natural [Wink]

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All I know about Kool Aid is that it will make you piss like there's no tomorrow.

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quote:
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But I've seen instances where the clear kool-aid turned poop green. Bright green. Fluorescent green.
And the drink was clear!

[Confused]

Must be something else in it, then. In that instance, with the clear kool-aid, I refuse to believe that dye had anything to do with it.

Hmmm... you've gone from just hearing about this phenom from friends to seeing it for yourself. Interesting.

And in these instances who's poop are you looking at anyway?

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