Dreaming of A Low Points Pasta?
July 23, 2013 47 Comments
Dreamfields and Snack Girl have had a rocky relationship. We did not start on the right foot.
The truth is, after walking around a convention floor for hours, I crossed in front of their booth and my feet were sore. A Dreamfields representative offered me a sample, and I was too tired to try it.
And I hated the idea of a “low carb pasta”. What on earth was that? I kept limping along and promptly forgot about the product. Nine months later, I wrote a post on Pasta Zero and Angie commented:
I buy Dreamfields pasta and am surprised I don't see it talked about more. It tastes fantastic and WILL remind you of italian pasta - because it is!! :)
Really? What did I miss because I was too grumpy?
I promptly paid my $2.99 for 13 ounces and made myself some pasta. I was still very skeptical because on the box it says:
Dreamfields’ patent pending formula and unique manufacturing process creates a matrix within the pasta, protecting 31 grams of carbohydrates from being digested.
That sounds like something from outer space. I held my nose and bit into it. What? It tastes exactly like the pasta that I usually eat (italian dried pasta). My husband and children also tried it and didn’t detect anything was different.
A friend of mine, who was stopping by at the time of my experiment said, “Tell me how you feel tomorrow and maybe then I will give it a try.” After eating a bowl of it, I can tell you there were no adverse effects. I called the company because these are the nutritional facts for one cup:
190 calories, 1 g fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar, 7 g protein, 5 g fiber, 10 mg sodium
My problem is that if there are only 5 digestible carbs per serving, the calorie amount per serving should be much lower. The representative on the other end of the phone informed me that they hadn’t done a study which showed that the caloric uptake was affected by their process, but one cooked cup is 1 Points+. Huh?
The product has been out since 2004!!
Which leads me to believe that their claims are hooey (for want of a better word). All I’ve got is one fellow blogger called “Diet Doctor” who tested his own blood sugar after eating the pasta - see: The Dreamfields Pasta Fraud and found that it was the same as when he eats regular pasta.
Jimmy Moore of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Blog’’ also tested himself and had the same results (no difference between his blood sugar amounts between Dreamfields and regular pasta).
Two subjects (without a control) seems not enough to make a judgement about this pasta.
This is one of those situations where I do not know what to recommend. Could it be true that this 31 grams of carbohydrates pass through your gut without creating gas or any other side effects? It seems unlikely to me.
I will say that it has a very nice consistency and flavor, and I like the 7 grams of protein per serving.
What do you think of Dreamfields? Is it dreamy or a fraud?
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