i've always heard that floating stool is a sign of malabsorption and this has be worried. i rarely have diarrhea and my stool is usually a normal color and texture. my only concern is that it will often float for a minute or two before sinking. is this the kind of floating stool attributed to malabsorption or is it only an issue if it stays afloat? i'm having a hard time finding a definitive answer.
asked byJonas_1 (835)
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on December 13, 2012
at 01:00 AM
I have heard that it floats if you eat a lot of fat, because, as you know, fat and water do not mix very well, so while the fat is still in the stool, it will float, and once the fat disperses out of it, into the water, the rest will sink!
How is your fat intake? Maybe try cutting it down significantly for a few days just to see the effects!
I don't think floating means mal-absorption, since if that was the case, it would be more dense, and sink.