Food Mass Transit

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Most women experience a four-day intestine transit time; likely too long to meet the target 200 gram (half pound) minimum fecal output for cancer prevention.

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How long it takes food to get from one end to the other depends on gender and eating style. If you’re a vegetarian male, it should just be a day or two, though if you eat meat, it could end up being five days. Female vegetarians, also mostly one or two days, but those who eat meat are most likely looking at four days.

If it’s just 24, 36 hours, your daily stool weight, which is what’s flushing out all that excess estrogen and cholesterol, is probably going to hit that half-pound target—though if it’s a couple days, you’ll likely never make it.

Now, if you have a really good bathroom scale, you can measure stool weight directly, to see if you hit that half pound minimum—by, of course, weighing yourself before and after.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Image thanks to Fuzzy Gerdes via Flickr

How long it takes food to get from one end to the other depends on gender and eating style. If you’re a vegetarian male, it should just be a day or two, though if you eat meat, it could end up being five days. Female vegetarians, also mostly one or two days, but those who eat meat are most likely looking at four days.

If it’s just 24, 36 hours, your daily stool weight, which is what’s flushing out all that excess estrogen and cholesterol, is probably going to hit that half-pound target—though if it’s a couple days, you’ll likely never make it.

Now, if you have a really good bathroom scale, you can measure stool weight directly, to see if you hit that half pound minimum—by, of course, weighing yourself before and after.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Fuzzy Gerdes via Flickr

Nota del Doctor

For more on this topic, check out:
Stool pH and Colon Cancer
Bulking Up on Antioxidants
Preventing Ulcerative Colitis with Diet
Bowel Wars: Hydrogen Sulfide vs. Butyrate
Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet

Be sure to check out my other videos on bowel movements

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer RiskBowel Movements: the scoop on poopKiwi Fruit for Irritable Bowel SyndromeOptimal Phytosterol Dose and Source; and Best Treatment for Constipation.

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