You might not be enthusiastic about watching your stool after you have had a bowel movement, but it can provide you a lot of information about your digestive system’s health. For instance, the color of your stools can give you an idea about your digestive health. If it has an orange coloration, it may be caused by eating too many carrots. However, it can point towards a health condition as well. The following are some of the causes that can result in you having an orange poop.

Potential Causes of Orange Poop


Food Preferences

Eating foods that contain beta carotene in large quantities like carrots, sweet potatoes pumpkins and apricots everyday can cause you to have orange stools. This is not a matter of much concern. In fact, beta carotene foods have an ample amount of Vitamin A in them and are extremely beneficial for the eyesight.


Too Much Preserved Food

Preserved foods like jellies, junk foods, artificial fruit juices and soft drinks contain artificial colorants. The body is not able to absorb or break these artificial colorants and thus has to flush them in their original form, giving your stool an orange color. If you consume too much preserved food, you might have to contend with orange poop.


Large Quantity of Escolar

Eating great amounts of Escolar, which is a type of fish having a large quantity of fat, can cause orange stools as well. The reason for this is that fat contained in Escolar is indigestible for our body and is flushed out as it is. The reason for the fat contained in Escolar is because it has a digestive problem which prohibits the breakdown of waxes that form a large part of its diet. So this wax is stored in Escolar’s flesh as oil which is why it so sticky to eat.


Digestion Problems

Having orange stools can be a sign that the food you are eating is not interacting with bile salt or is not being treated with it at all before being excreted. Bile which is naturally yellowish green in color plays an important role in turning stools brown by reacting with the enzymes present in the bowel.

Lack of bile absorption can be put down to low production of bile in the body which may be a sign of gallstones, cysts or tumors. It can also be put down to the quick passage of stool through the body as well, which is a sign of short bowel syndrome, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a health condition which is characterized by heartburn, abnormal coughing, chest pain and sore throat. In this condition, the bile reaches up to the throat through the esophagus. This causes the bile to remain away from digesting foods since it is on its way out of the body via the throat.


Certain Supplements

Supplements containing high amounts of beta carotene or Vitamin A can cause orange stools. Moreover, antacids having aluminum hydroxide as an ingredient can result in orange poop as well. Thus, if you are having orange colored stools, you must check your supplements and antacids.



Parasites can also be among the causes of orange colored stools. There are some parasites that have been known to change the color of stools. If parasites are causing you to have orange poop, then you are going to experience nausea, diarrhea and vomiting as well.


Underlying Diseases

Gallstones block the bile ducts and can thus cause orange stools. Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory condition which affects the bowel. Besides, irritable bowel syndrome and short bowel syndrome all can cause your poop to become orange.


When to See a Doctor

You must visit a doctor immediately if you are unable to associate the changed color of your stool to something you have eaten off before. Moreover, if you are experiencing other symptoms like dizziness, diarrhea, constipation and weakness along with your orange stools then you must consult your doctor as early as possible.

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  • Carriad thomsonSep.19 07:36
    My 8 year old daughter says her poo is orange .she doesn't eat carrots much or eat a lot of preserved food .her appetite has also increased massively Is there a problem
  • lauren coombs Aug.24 16:47
    I get bad stomach pain after eating. And my throat feel closed up and finding it hard to swallow. My stool is Orange and it smells like dog still. Any ideas ??
  • MachenJun.5 13:01
    I just found out this morning about this and I don't remember eating anything you said on this.
  • Paula ClarkeMay.3 03:41
    I'm also experiencing slight groin discomfort along with soft orange stools I've been to my doctor about this and he scheduled a colonoscopy in August I would like to know if there are some different tests that could be done?.
  • MouquinniaApr.12 00:32
    I didn't eat anything like you guys or you said.When I went to the bathroom there was a little tiny pain,I then peed.When I wiped my front(opposite of rear end) on the toilet paper, it showed some kind of orange poop- looking thing. I was so worried and confused. I didn't even poop at all! I peed, not poop. Then I wiped again on the opposite of my front( rear end ) and there was a TON of orange poop-looking-thingies.Please help! I am so worried and confused as I said before.
  • AbbyApr.5 16:05
    I have some kind of diarrhea, it is orange & is "light or loose" and I am mostly pooping out yellow bile with it. I haven't been eating much of anything for a least a few days (cause I am having a food problem too) and some times I get some discomfort and kind of mild pain in my abdomen. Sometimes i get a hot spell. Do you think I should starting eating better & regularly? & drinking lots of water? Cause it seems diet could play a part. Im not sure, id really appreciate an answer ASAP. Thanks so much.
  • debJun.18 01:32
    @ : hi abby did you every get an answer...seems like all these questions and no answers
  • lacy walkerMar.26 05:00
    I am really scared because I am having orange poop I don't eat a lot of carrots I'm running a fever nauseous n am very shaky n feel weak plz tell me what I need to do
  • LaylahollandFeb.8 22:31
    That is sad I hope nobody is going to die
  • KaytFeb.7 18:41
    I have orange stools along with occasional dizzy spills swollen lymph nodes for about 9 and a half weeks on neck and groin with some memory issues
  • David NunezOct.9 06:04
    I've been having a weird stomach problem recently.All of a sudden I started to frequently urinate and poop.My urine is not a strange color but I'd say my stool is.It is an orangish Brown color and it comes in circular pellets that are not hard at all.I have some pain in my stomach but it goes away and pooping does not hurt.Any ideas of why this is happening to me?
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