Orange Bowel Movement, Orange Diarrhea

Orange stool may normally appear after ingestion of:

  • Beta carotene  – vitamin A supplements
  • Beta carotene in foods (if ingested in large amounts): carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme, apricots, mango, pumpkin
  • Antacids containing aluminium hydroxide
  • Artificial colors in drinks, sweets, ice creams, sauces
  • Medications in certain combinations

Orange Diarrhea

Orange diarrhea may result from:

  • Increased gut motility (yellow bowel movement that may be described as orange): GERD, food poisoning or other cause of loose bowel movements
  • Butter-fish (escolar) – sticky, orange, fatty, loose stools may last for up to one week after butter-fish ingestion
  • Fish oil, nuts, junk food, if ingested in excess

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