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Why Coffee Makes You Poop

If you feel the need to “go” after your morning joe, you’re among countless others who find that coffee stimulates your gut so much you always need to be close to a bathroom, no matter where you are. According to Today I Found Out, the “caffeine causes you to poop after drinking coffee” idea has been debunked — but there are still several physiological things in play that contribute to your needing to poop after a cuppa.

Bowel movements aside, many in the scientific community have claimed for decades that coffee actually provides multiple health benefits. Today, multiple studies and reviews report that coffee really does have benefits, and may even lower the risks of several types of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders.

So, whether you’re drinking it simply because you like it, or for perceived health benefits, it’s important to choose the most healthful coffee, just as you would with something you eat. From that point, the best brew is organic coffee, sans cream and sugar. If you do need something to color your coffee, a dollop of whole milk or heavy cream will work — and give you a slight taste of sweetness at the same time.

Avoid flavored coffees and creamers, as the thickeners and whiteners in them are often full of nutrient-suppressing chemicals such as dipotassium phosphate — which, incidentally, can cause diarrhea. Other whiteners may use high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, aka trans fats, for flavor-enhancing. Sugar-free brands are no better: they are often laced with chemical-laden sucralose, aspartame or saccharine, all of which are not good for your body.
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