floating feces???


Hello everyone~ I am looking for a research article, or excerpt from one, that discusses the relationship between a diet high in fiber and the fact that feces float. Anyone know where I can find one???


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If I recall, stool that floats is high in fat ~ known as steatorrhea.


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Really? One of my classmates is a healthfood and herbal remedy nut and insists that if your stool doesn't float you aren't healthy and that if your stool sinks you are very unhealthy!

Specializes in ICU.

I know with steatorrhea the stool may float, but the main characteristics are bulkiness and foul smelling. I ran across research that stated you know you have enough fiber in your diet if it floats, but I am just unable to actually come up with real documentation.

maire, ASN, RN

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Specializes in Adult Med-Surg, Rehab, and Ambulatory Care. Has 18 years experience.

Only in a nursing forum...:chuckle


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That's right, if your stool floats, you are eating a sufficient amount of fiber in your diet.

Steatorrhea means that there is a lot of fat, sometimes you can see the oil floating on the surface of the water in the toilet and it stinks really bad.:imbar

road runner2003

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I never would have guessed it - a floating stool indicated healthiness or enough fibre consumed in ones diet. Actually the only thing I knew about floating stools and recall reading some time ago - there is a connection between floating stools and CF. I know there is more to it.

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

My boyfriend got a laughing charge out of this thread "I can honestly say this is not a subject that anyone in my career has discussed".

(He's a engineer for a medical wiring manufacturer)

But i would assume that if feces are floating, maybe gas is trapped inside?

Specializes in School Nursing, Ambulatory Care, etc.. Has 13 years experience.
Originally posted by maire

Only in a nursing forum...:chuckle

Amen to that!!

:roll :roll :chuckle :roll :roll

Specializes in ICU.

Hey thanks for the comments everyone. That article was just what I needed. Sorry for the unpolitically correct topic!! Hope your feces are floating!!! :roll

mother/babyRN, RN

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Specializes in cardiac, diabetes, OB/GYN. Has 27 years experience.

Generally someone who is very healthy with a high fiber diet and less the preservatives does have floating stool and not so smelly stuff sans flatus....Health stores have books on it and many high fiber related books give you bibliographies on where they compiled their material (no pun intended)....

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