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Marker foods for gut experiments?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Sometimes I'll eat a food and only afterwards realize it has gluten or legumes etc. Later, as I sit on my porcelain throne, I often wonder which episode corresponds to which meal.

Is there a food or non-food that can be safely used to mark meals so that you can tell from the end-product which one you were worried about? Colorants, beads, nuts without chewing,...?

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on December 16, 2011
at 03:12 AM

try beets, the color is helpful

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:20 AM

+1 for the urine coloring. Eating 3-4 beets is a bit over the top for a marker though :-)

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:18 AM

Picking this as the answer because it's the simplest. Haven't had much luck recognizing badly-chewed carrots though, and they hurt to swallow.

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Yep, that stuff goes through me unchanged. No bad symptoms--it's as if my gut flora ignore it. I don't eat it any more, though.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Yep, that stuff goes through me unchanged. No bad symptoms--it's as if my gut flora ignore it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Also chocolate, in my case.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on November 12, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Just don't chew well, and everything will be recognizable. Sweet corn works well, if you eat that sort of thing.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Yep, that stuff goes through me unchanged. No bad symptoms--it's as if my gut flora ignore it. I don't eat it any more, though.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 12, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Yep, that stuff goes through me unchanged. No bad symptoms--it's as if my gut flora ignore it.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:18 AM

Picking this as the answer because it's the simplest. Haven't had much luck recognizing badly-chewed carrots though, and they hurt to swallow.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 16, 2011
at 03:12 AM

try beets, the color is helpful

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on November 12, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Beets and activated charcoal will let you know what your bowel transit time is. Obviously, beets will produce a red color in your stool (don't forget you ate them, or it could be scary, and the charcoal will turn your bm black.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Also chocolate, in my case.

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on November 12, 2011
at 01:12 PM

This is easy...BEETS! You'll have orange urine within a few hours, then by the next day you'll be seeing red elsewhere.

Get three or four fresh beats, roast them and enjoy.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:20 AM

+1 for the urine coloring. Eating 3-4 beets is a bit over the top for a marker though :-)

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:30 PM

Activated charcoal is used commonly to determine GI transit time. It is available in most drug/supplement sections.

Only the way it absorbs toxins which could help reduce the impact of gluten. Though some nutrients would be absorbed to but I doubt there was much nutrition in that gluten meal. A quick search for celiac and "activated charcoal" shows many results.

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on November 13, 2011
at 03:44 AM

i agree with sweet corn. outbound looks same as inbound.

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on November 12, 2011
at 04:40 PM

i pooped out an asparagus this morning....

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