Vegans Poop Too, But it’s Different

Vegans Poop Too, But it’s Different

Many of us read the book “Everyone Poops” when we were children, so it should be no surprise that Vegans poop too. But how does a vegan diet affect bowel movements? Gastroenterological research shows that a plant-based diet can lead to easier and healthier bowel movements. 

Everyone’s bowel movements are different, so we can’t say for sure that vegan poop is better than non-vegan poop. However, a vegan diet can help digestive health in many ways. If you have concerns about the frequency, consistency, or health of your bowel movements, switching to a vegan diet may be just the thing.

How a Plant-Based Diet Can Help Your Digestive Health

Not everyone knows what to expect when going vegan. It makes sense that diet would affect digestive health, since what you put into your body determines what you put out. The smell, shape, and color of your bowel movements are all affected by your diet. But few people know that high fat, meat forward diets can actually make your bowel movements longer, less frequent, and more uncomfortable. 

Fiber is the main component that keeps waste moving through your intestinal system. Therefore, a diet that is rich in fiber leads to more consistent, well formed poop. While a vegan diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains will give you enough fiber to keep your intestinal system running smoothly, meat and dairy products contain virtually no fiber. [1]

Making the Transition to Veganism

If you’re seeking better bowel movements, there are a few things to consider before transitioning to a vegan diet. While the long term benefits of going vegan such as heart health and improved kidney functioning are undeniable, it may not be wise to quit eating animal products all at once. [2]

Bloating, low energy and unintentional weight loss are just a few of the cons of going vegan cold turkey. But a quick switch from a meat-heavy diet to a vegan one can actually lead to more digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea. If your previous dietary preferences are drastically different from a vegan diet, it may be better to ease into it rather than making an abrupt change. [3]

Overall, transitioning to a vegan diet is a good option for improving digestive health. It may be a tough change to make, but your gastrointestinal system will thank you for it. Vegans poop too, just like everyone else, but vegan poops are easier, healthier, and keep your intestines working as efficiently as possible.

 [1] Why Vegans Are (Probably) Better at Pooping Than You | Live Kindly
 [2] 6 Science Based Health Benefits of Eating Vegan | Healthline
 [3] 7 Possible Side Effects of Going Vegan | Nutritiously