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  • Spaghetti Squash v. Cauliflower: FIGHT!

    Ok, overly dramatic thread title is overly dramatic! It's really just a quick question.

    A few days ago, I tried two new dishes. One involved spaghetti squash as "pasta", one involved mashing cauliflower with butter and salt. Both were delicious. Nothing else I ate that week was new or exciting.

    Later that night, something horrible happened in my digestive system. For the good of the community, I will not describe it here; however, it was not unlike a certain key scene from Alien. It didn't leave me dead on the kitchen table, but it did leave me in such a state that death seemed extremely attractive.

    I'm sure either the squash or the cauliflower was responsible, and I've been avoiding both of them both ever since, due to PTSD.

    Any thoughts on which might have been the culprit? Or might it have been the combination of the two?

  • #2
    It could also have nothing to do with the two new foods and you just picked up a big.

    If you eat broccoli and other squash, it very likely has nothing to do with the new vegetables.

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    • #3
      in my opinion, spaghetti squash can do no wrong...and cauliflower is just plain untrustworthy.

      but, if you want to figure it out you should probably try each recipe individually, in a smaller amount. it could be neither of them, or you could figure out how evil cauliflower is.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jkr View Post
        It could also have nothing to do with the two new foods and you just picked up a big.
        If you eat broccoli and other squash, it very likely has nothing to do with the new vegetables.
        This plus you may just have overloaded on the fiber content (kind of like taking a huge dose of metamucil) and your poor digestive system just hit the panic button. It's easy to overdo the quantity on something like that that is new+yummy+supposed to be good for you.

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        • #5
          I eat both on a regular basis - more of the cauliflower mash because I can buy cauliflower frozen, so it's in my home almost always.

          The only time I've ever had an issue was one night when I was feeling lazy (see my avatar for my sloth-like personality), so I prepared the spaghetti squash with only lots of butter and some salt. No Alien experiences, but I was a bit queasy. For me, I figured it was the butter because it's only been in the last few months that I eat butter. I went years on lower fat frankenbutters.

          Since they were both new and you ate them both in the same day, it would be tough to figure out. I agree with primalrob in trying each one separately on different days.
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by primalrob View Post
            in my opinion, spaghetti squash can do no wrong...and cauliflower is just plain untrustworthy.
            Yep, untrustworthy and gross. I thank heaven for spaghetti squash.

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            • #7
              I'm betting on teh cauliflower. I've had fibre-tastic experiences with it in the past :!

              Originally posted by merryish View Post
              Later that night, something horrible happened in my digestive system. For the good of the community, I will not describe it here; however, it was not unlike a certain key scene from Alien. It didn't leave me dead on the kitchen table, but it did leave me in such a state that death seemed extremely attractive.
              Lol.
              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

              - Ray Peat

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              • #8
                I'm Team Spaghetti Squash. I've never had a problem with it. This is not to say that I don't love a good cauliflower mash, but I've had gassy experiences with it in the past. Whereas I regularly eat the entire interior of a spaghetti squash with no issues.

                I'm also Team You Overdosed On Fiber.

                The only time I've ever had an issue was one night when I was feeling lazy (see my avatar for my sloth-like personality), so I prepared the spaghetti squash with only lots of butter and some salt. No Alien experiences, but I was a bit queasy.
                That is so hilarious (though I'm sympathetic), because spaghetti squash with butter and garlic salt is my go-to comfort food. Like when I'm having girly cramps or something. In the past it'd have been an entire pot of Kraft Mac & Cheese. Now it's spaghetti squash with butter, sometimes some Tony Cachere's on there. Buttered noodles FTW.

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                • #9
                  jkr, I wish it were just a bug, but I don't think it was - if it was, it was an incredibly brief and targeted one that the military should seriously consider weaponizing. I do eat a lot of broccoli with no problems, and I don't recall ever having problems with butternut squash, though I only eat it once in a while. But the reaction was so immediate and drastic and short-term that food sensitivity seems more likely.

                  Paleobird and Heatseeker, you're probably right - I'm not really a very fiber-eating person, so this might have just been an OD.

                  Okay, you guys have convinced me! I'll try the experiment tonight, with spaghetti squash in smaller quantity. Mainly because I still have spaghetti squash, but I'm out of cauliflower.

                  I also have butter, and garlic, and salt. I'll report back tomorrow!
                  Last edited by merryish; 01-03-2013, 03:44 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I like to do Italian night with spaghetti squash and a meat sauce that includes both Italian sausage and ground beef. Lots of garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.

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                    • #11
                      heatseeker, that sounds awesome. I add parmesan (or mozzarella) cheese, but basically do the same type of meal. If someone would have told me a year ago that I'd like meat sauce on a squash, I'd have laughed. But I love the stuff.

                      Also, I can eat an entire tblsp of butter now with no queasiness. I know there are people here who think that's wimpy, but avoiding fats for decades can do a number on one's digestion.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                      B*tch-lite

                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • #12
                        To top spaghetti squash my husband makes an alfredo-like sauce out of coconut milk. . . super good! Put some chicken thighs on top of that - it's one of my favorite meals.

                        I have to admit that we eat cauliflower far more often than squash, though. He makes a delicious "pizza crust" out of cauliflower and some almond meal and throws some pesto, chicken and broccoli on top. Equally as delicious! More often we eat it simply tossed in some olive oil and roasted in the oven.

                        Let us know how the experiment goes!

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                        • #13
                          Agree with the likelihood of cauliflower being the culprit - unless neither were cooked thoroughly. I have problems with raw-ish veggies. Hard to mash a slightly cooked cauli though.

                          Purees make it easier to eat more, though.

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                          • #14
                            Purple Leather Couch, can you PM me that alfredo recipe? I've been trying to make good paleo alfredo for years and have never gotten a good result!

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                            • #15
                              No problem. Just shot you the recipe!

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