Posted 01 June 2007 - 01:55 PM
Too much fat in the stools is a myth.It has been debunked in the scientific literature, but a lot of places still post that myth as if it were fact.Floating vs sinking has to do with how much gas is trapped in the stool. When I have less gas (like now I've taken probiotics) they sink rather than float.To have enough fat to float a stool (even if you could) I don't think a very slightly elevated amount of fat in the stool would do it. Yep, fat floats, but to overcome the weight of the stool? Variations in gas amounts is much more likely, and things that can loosen the stools often are things in the diet that can lead to gas as well.Lots and lots of NORMAL people have floating stools. Some IBSers do, but it isn't because they have IBS. Until the probiotics none of my stools were sinkers.K.