It Might Not Be Caffeine in Your Coffee That's Making You Poop, According to a Doctor
If you drink coffee and suddenly feel like you have to go number two, don't fret. Pascale M. White, MD, an assistant professor in Mount Sinai's division of gastroenterology and director of the gastroenterology clinic , said that coffee can absolutely make you poop, though research still needs to be done to learn more. We spoke to her about why that is and what you may want to consider when it comes to your daily caffeine fix.
Does Coffee Make You Poop?
Dr. White told POPSUGAR that medical professionals aren't quite sure what in coffee makes people have to poop, but there are some studies that claim that coffee "increases what we call the motor activity of the colon, specifically in the last portion called the rectosigmoid." She cited one study conducted back in 1990 and in the journal Gut (the main study that people cite when they talk about this subject, she noted) where researchers gave people black, unsweetened coffee, some decaffeinated and some caffeinated, as well as hot water. Four minutes after...
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