ATK says TMAO binds to casein but is there a dairy-free alternative that can bind to TMA?

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    Cauliflower smells fishy?
    – Cascabel
    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:07
  • I'm also surprised by your cauliflower reference. If you are tasting something common to both fish and cauliflower, it's possible that it's not TMAO and thus casein won't help. For example, to me fishy smell is as much about the omega-3 oils as TMAO, and flax oil smells like fish to me.
    – rumtscho
    Dec 8, 2014 at 7:26
  • I'm just taking it out since none of us have any idea what you're talking about, and we can at least potentially have a useful answer to the rest of the question.
    – Cascabel
    Dec 10, 2014 at 20:59
  • I was referring to the TMA and sulfur content in cauliflower which causes the same "fishy" odor in fish.
    – Peet
    Dec 17, 2014 at 8:17

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I haven't been able to find anything else that binds with TMA other than from dairy products, thus no substitutes.

I have found several suggestions for getting rid of the fishy smell and taste. These include:

• Soaking fish in water with lemon juice added • Soaking fish in water with salt added • Soaking fish in soda such as Mountain Dew or Sprite (look here )

As per the comments above, I don't get the cauliflower thing.

  • Cauliflower has TMA which fish equally does
    – Peet
    Dec 17, 2014 at 8:16
  • @Peet Please provide a link to your source.
    – Cindy
    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:48

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