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what foods cause orange oily fat in stool?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Fatty Foods.: Not normal to have orange oily fat in stools. Body usually absorbs 100% of fats consumed. There is something wrong, either medications like 'orlistat' or Alli, or deficiencies of enzymes are causing this. Sometimes a parasitic infection can cause this. See your doctor about it.

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Is having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) serious?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get it checked.: Foods that can cause orange stools: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cilantro, thyme, kale, spinach, turnip greens & collards. Artificial food coloring & some meds (antacids) are other reasons. Inadequate bile, gallstones, blocked bile ducts, irritable bowel & diarrhea are possibilities especially with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation or abd.Discomfort. Stooling change warrants eval.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) be a serious issue?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Vitamin Deficiencies: Vitamins A, D, E, K are fat-soluble and having steatorrhea could mean you would not be absorbing these vitamins and could result in deficiencies on these vitamins.

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