Do Vegans Poop More?
Okay, so you’re going vegan. It’s all but decided – but what’s going to happen to your bowel movements as a result? Keep reading to find out.
You’ve probably heard a rumour or anecdote about vegans that’s led you to question ‘will I be going to the bathroom more if I go vegan?’.
Well, the answer is a sort of yes, maybe no, possibly, but probably overall type-answer. Confused? Let’s break these bowel options down.
First case scenario – you’re pooing more now you’re vegan
In most instances, yes, you probably will be heading to the loo more often and generally experiencing more regular bowel movements after your switch to a plant-based diet. For the most part, this has more to do with the likelihood you’re eating more fibre than cutting out meat and dairy (although that’s a factor too).
It’s generally thought that the western diet is lacking in fibre, so the addition of more whole foods and plants to your meals (that are for the most part linked to the vegan diet) will probably result in more pooing! Read more about fibre and health here next.
Second case scenario – you’re pooing less now you’re vegan
(At least to start with).
I know we just told you that this plant-based switch is going to increase your trips to the bathroom, and that’s true a lot of the time. However, it’s still possible to be fibre deficient on a vegan diet. This is a definite risk with the world of vegan junk and processed foods getting so much bigger and more available. Not a bad thing, but vegan or not, processed foods should be enjoyed occasionally.
The second reason for this can simply be that your body needs to get used to its new fuel. Our guts can get very used to what we give them to break down, and one which has had a lifetime of dairy and meat can take a minute to learn how best to digest non-processed foods. To avoid constipation or bloating, a slower transition to eating more plants is always a good thing.
More vegan poo FAQs
Because we all want to know:
Does vegan poop smell worse?
Everyone’s ‘regular’ bathroom smells are different and whilst it's not a nice thought, the presence of an odour usually means good things. It’s a sign that your body is processing and passing toxins like dioxins, hormones, bacteria and antibiotics.
And yes, your poo might smell worse to start with as your body cleanses itself of these toxins that are linked to animal fats.
Is vegan poop healthier?
If you’re getting enough fibre, then generally the answer is yes.
What else can I do to improve my gut health on a vegan diet?
There are lots of little changes you can make easily – check them all out here.
Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.