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(NSFW?) What makes up...#2?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11651 points ) March 6th, 2012

…for lack of other SFW euphemism.

What exactly goes into human faeces? (In UK now, using British spelling.) Theoretically, would someone “use the loo” less if their diet included very little waste? I know insoluble fiber, found in veggies, is poo glue, so if you cut it out it must decrease the volume, right? And a lot of things must exit via the urea route rather than the faecal route.

So, what are the main ingredients in human waste? Other than corn and flax seeds, which I think we can all recognize :)

Thanks!

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gasman's avatar

Most of the dry weight is bacteria !

deni's avatar

chanting: corn! corn! corn!

sliceswiththings's avatar

@gasman What bacteria? And what makes it that heavy??

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Things your stomach can’t digest/digest any further if I remember my Biology correctly.

HungryGuy's avatar

Mostly fat that couldn’t be digested. And water (I believe that’s what makes it heavy). But also bacteria, and dead cells that the body is eliminating. And stuff that just didn’t get digested as it passed through the intestine.

Bizarre fact: human feces contains about 25% undigested nutrients.

saint's avatar

Stuff you don’t have enzymes to digest. For example, cellulose, a carbohydrate for which you have no specific enzyme to break down. Plus some unabsorbed water, and bacteria.

filmfann's avatar

@deni craps corn, and I don’t care.

Ponderer983's avatar

@sliceswiththings You said “poo glue”

And by the way, you can have seaweed salad poo as well. Learned that the interesting way O.o

And to answer the question – waste? That’s what I remember. Ground up gunk your body can’t excrete in your urine. Plus some poo glue

gasman's avatar

According to this article my earlier answer, based on info acquired long ago, wasn’t quite accurate. The average stool is 75% water (your mileage may vary) while the other 25% is composed of:

- Undigested fiber and solidified components of digestive juices (30%)
– Bacteria (30%)
– Fat (10% to 20%)
– Inorganic matter (10% to 20%)
– Protein (2% to 3%)

deni's avatar

@filmfann took me a while to get that MY MASTERS GONE AWAY

Symbeline's avatar

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about poop.

Sunny2's avatar

Why don’t they teach this in eighth grade?

Symbeline's avatar

Really though. School would have been much more interesting if I was taught about poop and wire frame RPG’s.

ucme's avatar

I believe it’s loaded with lyrics from Celine Dion’s songs & laced with a liberal sprinkling of Steve Martin’s “joke” collection.

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