Normal Stool Color
Color of a normal bowel movement in most people is any shade of brown, including light brown (described as yellow by some), but this is not the same as bright yellow).
The following stool colors may be also normal, if they result from ingested substances:
- Green stool may result from ingesting a large amount of leafy vegetables, artificially-colored drinks, black licorice, iron or vitamin supplements. Other causes of green bovel movement.
- Black stool may be from blackberries, blueberries, iron in red meat, spinach, iron supplements or Pepto-Bismol. Other causes of black bowel movement.
- Red stool may be from beets, artificial colors in drinks, sweets, or ice creams, red gelatin, tomato juice or soup. When not sure, blood in the stool has to be considered.
- Orange stool may be from vitamin A, antacids, artificial colors, butter-fish, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme. Other causes of orange bowel movement.