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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Controversial Cauliflower

Recently at the LAWLS Neighborhood we had a lively discussion about using cauliflower for a recipe called mock fried rice. The recipe, provided by our good neighbor Keri:), sounds very good. However, cauliflower is one of the "controversial" foods bariatric dieticians debate, sometimes quite passionately, as a post-WLS do or don't.

Cauliflower is from the cruciferous vegetable group (broccoli, cabbage & Brussels sprouts) and contains high amounts of digestive enzymes that often cause gas, bloating and gastric distress. In some gastric bypass patients these symptoms are severe when cruciferous vegetables are consumed. It is believed that there is not enough stomach acid to neutralize the enzymes, thus the gas/bloating result. Some bariatric dieticians/nutritionists ban these vegetables, others say enjoy in moderation and yet others say learn what works for you.

So - there you have it! Who knew cauliflower could be so controversial?

I enjoy cauliflower occasionally if it is lightly steamed and eaten with protein. But because of the confusion surrounding these vegetables I have elected to not include them very often in the LAWLS recipes/menus.

What foods have you heard of post-wls that are controversial?

Read the Great Cauliflower Debate

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One word: Beano. It really helps with cauliflower. Cauliflower also makes great 'mashed potatoes'

Sally Rand said...

This makes me want to go out and buy a big head of cauliflower. My mom used to make it augrautin (sp?) style. Yummy.

Someone told me to be careful of garbanzo beans. No idea why though.