[Do you know] Why does coffee make you poop?
You may be advised to have a cup of coffee in order to stimulate bowel movement, but do you know why?
To explain this question, scientists have done some experiments on mice and here is the answer.
Let’s stay with us to find out in this article.
Contrary to your mistaken belief, it’s not the caffeine that makes you poop, but coffee
The result again confirms that pooping is easier after a cup of joe but it has nothing to do with caffeine.
Medical experts at the University of Texas (USA) fed rats with coffee for 3 consecutive days, in which the rat population is divided into 2 groups. The first group consumed normal coffee beans, the other consumed coffee beans, which are rid of Caffeine (decaf).
By using specialized techniques, the team can finally detect how intestinal muscle tissue responds to coffee.
In particular, the muscles in the small intestine and colon are more contractile after exposure to coffee
Consequently, contractions in the colon push contents towards the rectum, which is the final section of your digestive tract, meaning that the waste can be pushed out more quickly.
Although coffee clearly has the effect of irritating the intestine, caffeine does not seem to be the cause since this effect occurs simultaneously in both groups of mice.
But my friend doesn’t poop?
This is not the first study to show the impact of coffee on intestinal activity.
In 1990, researchers once showed that healthy people can eject more easily after drinking black coffee.
And similar to the new study, this effect is found in people who drink caffeine-free coffee. Finally, this study also shows that this phenomenon is not present in everyone, but only in about 30% of the population.
But the fun fact is that 53% of all the women’s bowel movement in the study were stimulated. Females are likely to be more sensitive to this symptom since irritable bowel syndrome is more common in women than in men.
Besides confirming the role of coffee in digestive stimulation, the study also found an interesting fact.
That's the ability of coffee to kill bacteria, even for caffeine-free coffee, which paves new lines of research in the future.
Some previous studies have also shown that coffee has a positive effect on general intestinal health, while reducing the risk of colon cancer. So don’t forget your morning cuppa, and I have to relieve myself right now.
See you guys in the next article!