Why Does Corn Come Out Whole in My Poop?
Thousands of times you have stood up from the toilet to flush and for some reason you are always compelled to look inside the bowl before sending last nights dinner down the pipe faster than a bobsledder in Vancouver. Today, like many times before, you stare at your turds and ask yourself "Why does corn come out whole in my poop?" You've been wondering why it stays whole even though you've chewed the crap out of it (no pun intended) and today your going to find out. The explanation is quite simple, so let me explain.
Did You Chew Your Food?
The easiest explanation would be that you did not chew the corn, but instead just swallowed all of the kernels whole. We both know that's not true. You're not that much of a glutton. Yet the corn "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.
What Corn Is Made Of
The hull (or outerlayer) of a corn kernel is made up mostly of cellulose. Cellulose is sort of a rubbery substance and it does not break apart easily when chewed. On the other hand, the innards of a corn kernel can be chewed into next to nothing rather easily. With that said, when you chew corn, the outer layer stays intact for the most part, while the insides of the kernel almost dissolve in your mouth. Now, picture the hull as a shriveled up empty sleeve—pretty easy to swallow, right? But still, you wonder, 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.
How Humans Digest Corn
OK, I'm glad your still with me. It's not really gonna be that graphic, unless the word poop offends you, but at this point I think your comfortable with it so I'll continue.
We 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 (more poop).
Congratulations! You learned something new today!