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Old May 21st, 2010, 04:48 AM
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Orange Oily Poop

This might be a rather random question, also am not sure which section to post it in but though this to be as good as any.

Over the last week I have noticed that after a bowel movement there is quite a few droplettes of bright orange oil floating in the toilet which is very strange. The actual poop is as normal but it just seems to come out with some oil.

After doing a little online research regarding this mater I was noticing that some people have come accross this after eating Orange roughy (a fish very high in Omega 3 oil) for some reason the oil in is not very easy to ingest and can just pass through you. My thoughts were possibly the Fish Oil Caps im taking at the moment might contain oil from the Orange roughy.

What are youy thoughts on this and has anyone come accross the same issue?
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Old May 21st, 2010, 10:02 AM
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Hm. My first thought is "gee, did this thread HAVE to pop up right next to the recipes I just posted?!"

Seeing oily droplets is definitely not "normal" but may not be a cause for alarm. The simplest logic here is to stop the fish oil pills and see if the symptom goes away. If it does than you may be right that there are some hard-to-digest oils in the supplement.

Which brings me to my next thought, which is, if you can't digest and absorb it, perhaps another type of fish oil supplement would be a better choice. I've never heard of that symptom from eating fish or taking fish oil, but it doesn't sound like something I'd encourage continuing.

Besides, fat traveling all the way through the digestive tract - where it normally wouldn't get beyond the small intestine - can prevent you from absorbing vitamins A, D, E, carotenoids, lycopene, and other fat soluble nutrients you need. That may be contributing to the orange color in fact.

So try and find a way to avoid this symptom - either switching to another fish oil, or that doesn't work, paying a visit to your MD to check for fat malabsorption, or any irregularities in bile acid synthesis or gall bladder function.

( That goes down as one interesting morning. I just posted three dessert recipes and mentioned steatorrhea in a 5 minute span. )

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Old May 21st, 2010, 12:11 PM
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It's not the Orange Roughy. That's a very lean fish, and it is not high in Omega-3 or any other fat for that matter.

There are a variety of problems that can cause fat malabsorption. Go see your doctor.
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