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Spaghetti-squash caused slight digestive upset??

Commented on October 27, 2014
Created October 30, 2011 at 6:21 PM

My hub and I had spaghetti squash last night for the first time. I added it to our diet to try new vegs with Paleo. We covered it in browned grass-fed ground beef with our usual jar of Classico spaghetti sauce and sauteed onions and mushrooms. On the side we had salad. The only different thing we added to our meal was the spaghetti squash. My hub felt warm and real tired after dinner. I thought it was a regular tired after a long week but he said he was warm and had several BMs this morning. I also had extra BMs. Could it be from extra fiber in the spaghetti squash? Thank you.

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on October 27, 2014
at 11:12 AM

Hi have tried spaghetti squash in the past with no bad results. I just ate the second of three squashs a friend grew. I got so sick after eating the first one and now I have eaten half of the second squash and I am really sick again, nausea several bouts of vomiting and also spent a couple of hours on the toilet with terrible runny diarrhea. I am experiencing terrible gramps in my abdomen and uncontroled shitting. Its pretty terrible to say the least. I am going to be a spaghetti squash from a framers markete and so if I get the nausea and the diarrhea happening again. I sure hope not because I really like the spaghetti squash's texture and it tastes wonderful baked with butter salt and pepper and a bit of nutmeg. I sure hope I am not allegric to them.

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on November 01, 2011
at 09:05 AM

Thanks for the tip on freezing. Good to know. :-)

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on October 31, 2011
at 09:19 PM

I think that we will have upset BMs until the squash is fully out of our systems :(

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on October 31, 2011
at 05:30 PM

You an freeze half of the spaghetty squash btw (unforked). I did this and when I unfrozened it, I microwaved it, and then forked it. It came out well.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 31, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Yeah, the "trick" is to bake it upside down, so it doesn't come out watery.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

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on October 31, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Thank you. I will try a spaghetti squash again. I cooked our squash like this: cut it in half, scoop out seeds, put halves in crock pot on high for a couple of hours with a little water & very little oil. When done, I scooped out strands. My hub and I usually can eat an entire butternut squash, split between the two of us, but like you said, there was enough spaghetti squash for around 5 ppl.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

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on October 31, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one! I don't know what the deal is, either, since I've been eating tons of raw vegs/fruits in past 5 weeks, (fiber) with no problem. ??

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

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on October 31, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Yep - we have some leftover spaghetti squash we'll have to try it again. But if it is truly giving me 36hrs (so far) of off/on digestive problems, I don't know if I wanna try it again!

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

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on October 31, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Wild, (to me), that spaghetti squash does this to you and others! Yes, after tons of BMs in the AM for my hub, 2nd evening after squash he said he didn't feel right again. Then I'm having upset BMs today, 36 hours after the squash. Like you, I've eaten butternut, zucchini, acorn, and yellow squashes; canned pumpkin with NO problem.

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on October 30, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Can't know if it was the spaghetti squash or not! Only way to know with any certainty is to repeat the meal and see what effects it has again. Then eat everything but the squash as a control. Yay, human guinea pig!

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on October 30, 2011
at 07:30 PM

It is not watery if you cook it upside-down (mine is not at least). Also, squash becomes interesting only when it's bath'ed in sauce.

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D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on October 30, 2011
at 09:13 PM

A couple of weeks ago I had spaghetti squash for the first time ever (topped with saut??ed veggies and italian sausage) and was a gaseous, bloated, belching, gurgling, groaning mess for the rest of the night, and had some diarrhea the next morning. It didn't have this effect on my partner (who like me had been eating mostly paleo for about a month at the time) or my daughter. I've never had a problem with other squash, either before or during paleo (just had an AMAZING soup of pureed kuri squash with ginger and curry-type spices a couple of nights ago -- happy tummy!).

I don't know what the deal is -- sure it's fibery, but I eat lots of raw greens and other veggies, it's not like I was fiber-naive. I'm gonna try it one more time in case it was a coincidence. But just wanted you to know you're not the only one!

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 31, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one! I don't know what the deal is, either, since I've been eating tons of raw vegs/fruits in past 5 weeks, (fiber) with no problem. ??

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183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

on October 30, 2011
at 08:37 PM

It totally could have been the cause of your digestive upset. Personally I am very sensitive to squashes and pumpkin. They give me diarrhea every time. On Friday I saw a nice squash and I said "screw it! I'm gonna live on the edge tonight!" and then I baked quite a huge portion and ate with cinnamon. That evening I had horrible crippling lower abdomen pain and diarrhea/dizziness - the pain lasted all night long. The next day I felt like I'd been kicked in the guts and the diarrhea is still there. I hope it goes away this week.

If I have a smaller portion of squash the intestinal upset lasts for a shorter amount of time. The funny thing is that I LOVE squashes and pumpkins, and sometimes crave them quite strongly. Legend has it that you crave and want what you are specifically allergic to......

Some babies also have trouble with pumpkin/squash.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 31, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Wild, (to me), that spaghetti squash does this to you and others! Yes, after tons of BMs in the AM for my hub, 2nd evening after squash he said he didn't feel right again. Then I'm having upset BMs today, 36 hours after the squash. Like you, I've eaten butternut, zucchini, acorn, and yellow squashes; canned pumpkin with NO problem.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on October 31, 2011
at 09:19 PM

I think that we will have upset BMs until the squash is fully out of our systems :(

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 30, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Possibly the extra sugar, since spaghetti squash is a high-carb vegetable (almost the same as parsnips). But honestly, it might just be the getting-used-to-it period, or the specific squash might have not been of a good quality. I wouldn't worry about it, and definitely retry it, maybe from another vendor.

Also, how did you cook it exactly? The way I do it is cut it in half, throw away the seeds, pour some coconut or olive oil on it, and then place it upside down on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40-45 mins at 400 F (205C). Then I scrape it out by using a fork. A single spaghetti squash produces enough threads for 4-6 people.

Finally, make sure your tomato sauce has no added sugar in it.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 31, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Yeah, the "trick" is to bake it upside down, so it doesn't come out watery.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 31, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Thank you. I will try a spaghetti squash again. I cooked our squash like this: cut it in half, scoop out seeds, put halves in crock pot on high for a couple of hours with a little water & very little oil. When done, I scooped out strands. My hub and I usually can eat an entire butternut squash, split between the two of us, but like you said, there was enough spaghetti squash for around 5 ppl.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on October 31, 2011
at 05:30 PM

You an freeze half of the spaghetty squash btw (unforked). I did this and when I unfrozened it, I microwaved it, and then forked it. It came out well.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on November 01, 2011
at 09:05 AM

Thanks for the tip on freezing. Good to know. :-)

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178e82aa16ce686cf2d1d0f84694f814

on January 29, 2014
at 07:37 PM

I prepared two small organic squashes last night with some pesto sauce and my stomach has been a nightmare all morning! Glad to see it's not uncommon. But also how unfortunate that we've all been glued to the toilet for partaking in the delicious squash!

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on October 24, 2013
at 04:46 PM

I found this thread by searching for "spaghetti squash upset stomach." Hah! Glad to know it's not just me--and @smiley, I hope you feel better, too, knowing you're not alone. I'll definitely be avoiding spaghetti squash in the future. Zoodles all the way!

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on October 30, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Could be. Imo, spaghetti squash is totally overrated. Sure, it's neat -- but I've never found it to have much flavor, and it makes everything watery. Way prefer using zucchini for noodles -- better flavor, better texture and better complement to the hearty kind of marinara you're talking about.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on October 30, 2011
at 07:30 PM

It is not watery if you cook it upside-down (mine is not at least). Also, squash becomes interesting only when it's bath'ed in sauce.

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