Burger King has a new “Scary Black Cherry” slushie, and it’s aptly named AF…but not because the slushie is black.
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give in to your dark side… scary black cherry now at BK for a limited time.
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Turns out, the slushie is apparently turning people’s poop some…unusual colors, according to lots and lots of Twitter posts.
@BurgerKing I tried the black cherry Icee its delicious however u should warn ur elderly patrons I thought my gallbladder busted I pooped green Play-Doh so if the new Whopper is going 2b green does that mean we get 2 poop purple?#GreenWithEnvy
Dear @BurgerKing ,
Your “Spooky Black cherry” slushy turned my poop blackish blue. Thanks.
(Just like those spooky black bun sandwiches.)…
Even a little of the Halloween black cherry slushie at Burger King makes blueish poop. A new Halloween tradition started with the whopper last year
tell me why i had a black cherry slushy from burger king earlier and now my shit is purple … like damn near neon
I drank a @BurgerKing scary black cherry icee and my shit turned blue. Neon blue. Everyone should get one. Blue poop makes everything seem better.
Most people are reporting green-, blue-, or black-colored stools (or a combination of the three).
This isn’t the first time people have complained of this issue with Halloween-themed food at Burger King. The fast food joint’s all-black Halloween Whopper from 2015 turned customers’ bowel movements “neon green,” according to USA Today.
With the burgers, the culprit was food dye, per USA Today—and a whole lot of it.
As Michael Rice, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Michigan Medicine Gastroenterology Clinic, previously told WomensHealthMag.com, when food is dyed, it mixes with the yellow-green pigments in your bile. (Poop is made up of bile, dead cells, and unused food waste, btw).
Dark dyes like blue and purple often have the most intense effect on your poops, though it can happen with other colors, too, or even foods like beets and leafy greens that have intense natural pigments.
WomensHealthMag.com reached out to Burger King for comment but hasn’t yet heard back.
If you’ve had one of these spooky slushies—or are really craving one—don’t stress. According to Burger King’s website, the food colorings they use “are commonly used in the industry and within the safe and Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”
One thing (I’m playing Debbie Downer right now, but I am a health editor): If you haven’t had one of BK’s Scary Black Slushies but are still seeing black poop, get that sh*t checked out ASAP. Sometimes black poop is totally normal (like if you’re taking iron supplements, Rice says), but if it also has a tar-like texture, it could suggest something more serious is going on.
But again: Black (or green or blue) poop from drinking a BK slushie? Probably fine.
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