Why Does Corn Come Out Whole in My Poop?
Whenever you stand up from the toilet to flush, for some reason you are always compelled to look inside the bowl before sending last night's dinner down the pipe faster than bobsledder in Vancouver.
If corn was on the menu, you may find yourself asking the question, "Why does corn come out whole in my poop?"
Even though you've chewed the crap out of it (no pun intended), it's still there, virtually unchanged. In this article you will learn why corn comes out whole in your poop.
Did You Chew Your Food?
The easiest explanation for this would be that you did not chew the corn, but instead just swallowed all of the kernels whole. If so, this would be a great start to explaining why the corn appeared whole in your stool. Still, unless you're an infant, it's pretty likely you chewed your food. You're not that much of a glutton, are you? Yet the corn still appeared whole in your poop. An appearance is exactly what it was. Getting a little weird, I know, but hey, you Googled it, not me.
Why Does Corn Not Digest in Your Poop?
The hull (or outerlayer) of a corn kernel is made up mostly of cellulose. Cellulose is a sort of rubbery substance that does not break down easily when chewed. On the other hand, the innards of a corn kernel can be chewed rather easily.
That being said, when you chew corn, the outer layer stays intact while the insides of the kernel dissolve in your mouth. Now, picture the hull as a shriveled up empty sleeve—pretty easy to swallow, right? But still, why does it look whole in your poop? Let's continue, if you'd like, but I must warn you, it may get a little graphic.
Is Corn Bad for Digestion?
Humans lack the enzyme needed to break down cellulose. Basically, this means that the corn's hull (or empty sleeve) comes out the same color and form as when it went down your esophagus. In the process, these empty sleeves are being packed with the other things your body decided to discard today–in other words, more poop.
Does this mean corn is bad for digestion? In high quantities, yes. Because of the high amount of cellulose in corn, eating too much of it can cause cramps and gas. In small quantities, however, corn does not put too much of a burden on your digestive system. Other foods that are bad for digestive health in high quantities include:
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- Processed food
- Chili peppers
- Artificial sweeteners
- Acidic fruits
- Raw vegetables
Is Corn Good for Your Health?
Corn is a good for your health. While a small percentage of corn is genetically modified, most is not. But even if it is genetically modified, there is no research that supports the theory that genetically modified foods are any less healthy than non-GMO foods.
As for calories, one ear of corn contains only about 100 calories, about the same as an apple. Adding butter and other fixings will make corn more fattening, but as it is, the starch-heavy, slow-to-digest characteristics of corn have been shown to help with weight control.
Corn also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision, and corn's fiber content feeds good bacteria to your gut. What's more, corn contains B vitamins, iron, protein, and potassium, which are all essential to a properly functioning body.
Some believe that cooking corn robs it of its healthy aspect. In fact, the opposite is true. Cooking corn boosts its benefits, especially when it comes to antioxidants.
In short, corn is a very healthy food.
What Does Undigested Food in Your Stool Mean?
We know that corn appears undigested in your poop because cellulose is not easily digestible, but what if other foods appear undigested as well? According to Dr. John M. Wilkinson, this is not something to worry about. He writes:
"Occasionally, you may see undigested food fragments in stool. This usually is high-fiber vegetable matter, which normally isn't broken down and absorbed in your digestive tract.
Undigested food in stool isn't a problem unless it's accompanied by persistent diarrhea, weight loss or other changes in your bowel habits. If you have such signs and symptoms, consult your doctor."
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