I now have a love/hate relationship with cauliflower. The other day I had some cauliflower puree in the freezer and I thought I'd try it out with the little guy. He ate it up like it was nobody's business and I was super excited since I have a nice little stash of it already pureed up and ready to go. What happened next was a new lesson in food for me. As I was laying in bed, Eli laying next to me, I get this waft of a nasty smell. Trying to figure out the source, I smell E's diaper to see if maybe he was dirty. I took a good whiff at him and it was like a punch in the face! He wasn't dirty and only a tiny bit wet, but the smell was a force to be reckoned with! Apparantly, and this is news to me, cauliflower falls into that same category as asparagus...sulfur-rich foods. When the veggie is broken down in the body, specific chemicals are released through the urine and have a less than yummy smell. I think most of us know this phenomenon from easting asparagus...but cauliflower? I've eaten my fair share of cauliflower in my lifetime and I've never smelled anything like this before. E's even eaten asparagus and I never smelled a thing on him. Apparantly again, not everyone has the gene to break down sulfur-rich foods all the way to the stink-making compound so we're just blessed to have a little boy who does :P
The next morning I threw the diaper into the diaper pail, but the smell was so overwhelming every time I opened the pail that I HAD to do a load of diapers. I washed them 3x on hot and not only did that diaper stink still, but it made the entire load stink! I gave up, figuring eventually the smell would wash out, and hung them up outside. When I went back to get them , they smelled like fresh spring air! Wow...what a miracle fresh air is! So note to all the cloth-loving mama's out there, beware of cauliflower and never underestimate the power of a little fresh air!