What can Burger King’s new Halloween Whopper teach you about monitoring your digestive health?
You may have noticed the recent hashtag #greenpoop trending on Twitter and other social media platforms. If you’ve chowed down on Burger King’s new Halloween Whopper, you probably understand why first-hand. While the effects of consuming the burger are certainly comical, they also highlight the importance of better understanding your digestive health.
The Mystery Behind the Burger
Burger King’s new Halloween Whopper has ignited a social media frenzy over the last couple of weeks. As the New York Daily News reports, those who tried the festively themed Whopper got a spooky surprise when “something in the burger’s pitch-black bun turned eaters’ poop a ghastly bright green.”
Burger King has yet to disclose what ingredients are responsible for the hue Twitter users like John Kritzman have called a shade of “cartoon green.”
Incase anyone wanted to know, the Halloween Whopper turns your poop green. And not even sickly green. Like cartoon green. Comical green.
— CRU$T DAD (@johnkritzman) September 30, 2015
Many assume the cause is food dye in the bun. However, a spokesperson for the fast food chain claimed that the “bun contains less than 1% food dye,” and that the black color is a result of the A1 Steak Sauce used in the recipe. The Washington Post notes that food coloring, especially blue or purple, is often the culprit behind mysteriously-colored stool. If you’ve jumped on the Halloween Whopper bandwagon and experienced some surprising bathroom visits, rest assured that everything should return to normal within a few days.
The Health Connection
While the Halloween Whopper’s unintended side effects are comical, your bowel movements are an important and often overlooked indicator of your overall health. As LiveScience explains, “A change in bowel movements could be due merely to a change in diet, but it could also mean the body is fighting an infection or dealing with a serious condition.” In the case of the Burger King Halloween Whopper, the widespread effects reported are likely due to the change in diet.
When it comes to digestive health, you should pay close attention to the appearance of odd colors like black or red, which in some cases indicate internal bleeding. Changes in shape and consistency can also signal a problem, such as colon obstructions. Lastly, it’s important to pay attention to digestive health. Regularity, constipation and diarrhea can be a reflection of a dietary issue or another health problem.
The idea of paying such close attention to your bowel movements may not be appealing, but taking care to notice when something is “off” is a best practice when it comes to all matters of health. Remaining aware in this way can help detect and resolve potentially serious health problems in their early stages. Equally important for your health is paying regular visits to your doctor or nutritionist whose careful eye may detect signs or symptoms that we may overlook. With SingleCare, it’s easy to get the care you need. Whether you have insurance or not, quality healthcare is always in reach at a price you can afford.
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