The Dreamfields Pasta Fraud

Dreamfields pasta is promoted as a low carb product. But it’s made from durum wheat and it tastes great. Actually, it looks, feels and tastes just like…  regular pasta.

Now, regular pasta is anything but low carb. It’s mostly starch, which turns into glucose in the gut and is absorbed as blood sugar. Exactly what low carbers try to avoid. Dreamfields pasta has 41 grams of carbs per serving. How can that be low carb?

Well, Dreamfields claim that their “patent-pending” (since 2004) recipe and manufacturing process protects the carb from being digested.

It sounds fantastic. But is it true? I decided to find out and the results were shocking.

A beautiful tale

Can you be a low carber and eat all the pasta you want? Can you have your (low carb) cake and eat it too?

It sounds too good to be true, and two questions pop up:

  • If their “patent-pending” manufacturing really made the starch indigestible, would that not affect the taste? (It’s great).
  • If the starch really became indigestible, should it not end up being digested by bacteria in the large intestine, causing massive flatulence? (It does not).

Now it’s time for answers.

The package

Here’s my package of Dreamfields pasta, bought in a “low carb” store.

Let’s take a closer look.

Big promises

Basically the idea is that the carbs will pass straight through your body:

Side

There you have it: 36 grams of non-fiber carbs per 56 gram serving. It adds up to about 80 percent energy from carbs. That’s about as high carb a food as you could find.

Of course – most of it is supposedly indigestible.

I tested the pasta myself, eating it and testing my blood sugar 21 times. We’ll get to the test shortly.

A good idea?

It may sound too good to be true. But even if it was true, consider if it really is a good idea for the future.

Should the food industry manufacture food that our bodies can’t absorb? Do we really need to chew food that doesn’t make us satiated, food that gives us no energy, food that isn’t real food?

Is it environmentally sound to grow wheat and then chemically modify it so that it loses its nutritional value, manufacture pasta, transport it, sell it, cook it and then sit down to eat it, all of that to create some extra poop?

(Not to mention all the gas it would result in)

That’s an interesting philosophical question. But let’s leave it and find out if Dreamfields pasta works.

Real low carb food

First some real low carb food to get some perspective. Here is a common meal in my home:

A steak, Béarnaise sauce and a pile of vegetables fried in butter. Possibly a glass of red wine. The result is long-lasting satiety and well-being.

A meal like this contains a few grams of carbs – perhaps five.

The result on my blood sugar? Hardly any at all. It usually stays at fasting levels, between 86 and 94. If you don’t eat anything that turns to sugar your blood sugar stays the same. Very logical.

The test

Now let’s test the Dreamfields pasta:

Here is one serving according to Dreamfields, 56 grams. It’s not a lot of food for someone who is 6’7” (me).

I had two servings:

These 112 grams of pasta contains 72 grams of starch and sugars according to the Nutrition Facts. But according to Dreamfields only 10 grams are absorbed.

After cooking

After boiling (according to instructions, exactly 9 minutes) it turned into a decent portion. About the amount I used to eat when I ate pasta.

I had the pasta without any other food, with a glass of water. It tasted fine, about the way pasta usually tastes.

The result

It didn’t start out too bad. My blood sugar did quickly rise to 108, but then it looked as if it was stabilizing. I was impressed, it didn’t look too bad.

But that was just the beginning. Then came a mountain of blood sugar. After two and a half hours the blood sugar was still as high as 131!

It turned into a long evening. I tested my blood sugar every 20 minutes and hoped that it would go down so I could have a real dinner. Weirdly enough I felt hungry at the same time as my blood sugar was high. Perhaps some other nutrient was missing in my blood giving me feelings of hunger. Protein? Fat?

I had no other food until the experiment was completed. After seven and a half hours (!) I gave up, even though the blood sugar was still a bit higher than normal. I ate some real food and went to bed.

Here are five different blood sugar curves to compare.

  • The green ones are big low carb dinners
  • The blue ones are “exceptions” with more carbs
  • The red is the fake low carb pasta

Verdict: Not low carb

The Dreamfields pasta contain slow carbs. Perhaps it’s OK to call it low glycemic index carbs. But it’s not low carb. It’s the opposite, it’s almost pure carbs. It’s absorbed slowly, but most (if not all) of the starch is absorbed.

There is no way only ten grams of carbs spiked my blood sugar for seven hours. I have eaten more than that with just minor effects (see above).

Dreamfields’ marketing claims are not true. Dreamfields are sabotaging the weight loss of low carbers just to sell more of their pasta.

Unless, perhaps, I’m a weird exception. Does it work for everybody else but not for me?

The real test

I did the test above last year, for my Swedish blog. I was convinced that Dreamfields pasta was a fraud.

This year Dreamfields pasta was tested more rigorously and the result was published in a trustworthy scientific journal called Diabetes Care:

The main authors of the article are Frank C. Nuttal, PhD, and Mary C. Gannon, PhD. They have previously studied the effects of low carb diets, so they were surprised by Dreamfields’ claims that pasta can be low carb.

After “numerous attempts” to have a look at the data that Dreamfields base their claims on (not allowed) the researchers decided to test it themselves.

Five participants ate the Dreamfields pasta (50g CHO) and tested their blood sugar. Then they ate the same amount of regular pasta and tested their blood sugar for comparison.

The result

Pretty shockingly the results on the blood sugar were just the same with Dreamfields’ and regular pasta. No difference!

The researchers were surprised so they recruited five new participants and did the test again. The result were the same once again – no perceptible difference.

The scientific article can be read for free here:

The Dreamfields Pasta Fraud

Dreamfields have been selling their fake low carb pasta since january 2004. It’s quite popular. There is no way to know how many people have failed to lose weight because of it, concluding that “low carb does not work”.

Low carb usually works just fine. But not if you eat a lot of pasta.

I’m willing to bet any amount of money that Dreamfields pasta is just the tip of the iceberg. Low carb in America has turned into special low carb pasta, low carb ice cream, low carb bread and low carb chocolate bars. And it’s mostly just marketing hype. There is nothing low carb about this junk food:

Real healthy low carb food is meat, fish, vegetables and butter, ideally from your local farmer. Dreamfields and companies like them have turned “Low Carb” into a joke, just to make money.

Obese people who trust them just gain weight. But diabetics spike their blood sugar and may end up amputating their feet and becoming blind.

There are a few possible explanations. Either Dreamfields and others like them are ignorant, evil or just plain greedy. Probably greed is the most likely explanation. Also, they probably think that consumers are stupid. But they are wrong about that.

The pasta fraud is revealed.

You can help your friends. If they eat fake low carb products and have trouble losing weight, chances are that’s why.

Spread the word. Let’s make low carb work again. Real low carb.

Continued…

Moore on Dreamfieldsgate – Interview with the Pasta President and even more evidence that Dreamfields pasta is just like any pasta: high carb.

Spreading the truth

Go to Dreamfields’ Facebook page and like the link to this post*. Let’s spread the truth to all of the 29 000 members. Dreamfields have gotten away with fooling overweight people and diabetics long enough.

*/ You have to like Dreamfields first, but then you can easily “unlike” it again: bottom left side of the page.

Of course you can spread this info via your Facebook, Twitter and blog too if you’d like. Feel free to copy any part of it. If you link to this post it will appear higher in the results when people search for “Dreamfields pasta” on Google. It’s already #14 or so. Spread the word so that fewer diabetics and others are hurt by these fraudulent marketing claims.

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261 Comments

  1. James
    Doc says: "I do happen to dislike companies that lie and hurt people to make money, but I'm not trying to keep that a secret!"

    If DF was manufactured by the Progressive People's Non-Profit Food Cooperative, why do I think that he might just be mildly optimistic about DF....

    The idea that everybody who's out to make a profit is trying to swindle or damage the people is a common Leftist myth, which justifies a warped world-view, imho. People deserve to make money if they produce a decent product, pay their payroll and taxes, and are generally law-abiding.

    This goes for oil companies as well as firms like Apple which rely on non-renewable and polluting rare-earth elements for their very existence, as well as their awesome bottom line (no complaints from the Left about them - wonder why not!).

    So while you may not have a "secret" to protect, like most firms do in terms of their proprietary knowledge (various kinds), that doesn't mean a thing - it doesn't make them dishonest, nor you saintly for your general outlook expressed above.

    It would be better to rely on harder data than the notion that they are deliberately trying to make people sick for money. A lot of people here seem to have a very positive attitude to DF, and those who don't are certainly free and entitled to boycott DF and complain loudly. Is your goal to take away this product from people who find it useful and good for their lives?

    All in all, we are all free to choose what to do here, unlike in statist systems where the government makes the health-care choices and we just have to live with whatever they say....

    Reply: #216
  2. Joe Belair
    I am not sure about the comment "companies that lie and hurt people to make money" but I do think most people really don't want their food coated with a non digestible coating but we seem to put up with it in Dreamfileds. I still like the product as, like I have mentioned, it works for me. The 'coating' idea is kind of repulsive but I guess all this diet stuff is. The junk they put in the various kinds of so called diet soda is amazing!
    Nice discussion but, Doc, it sounds pretty political. Progressive is also an insurance company-have you checked into how they picked their name?
  3. Albert
    As an insulin dependent diabetic in excellent shape (30+ years of AICs around 6.5 or under), I can attest to the FACT that Dreamfields does NOT create a significant blood sugar spike.

    This person's take is flawed...or should we say a fraud. If you eat any carb source and do not couple it with a protein/veges, of course you are going to have a BS spike. You need a lot of controls to make this a valid study....time of day, insulin injection time, coupled foods, inflammatory potential of person, etc...

    I do not eat 'normal' pasta anymore due to the huge glycemic index. Dreamfields is quite different...there is a difference...period!

  4. Deborah Krueger
    Good Grief Albert, you argue against yourself. You are an insulin dependent diabetic and not even that well controlled with an A1c of 6.5.

    The fact that you inject insulin means that it is doing what it is supposed to do-not spike your blood sugar.

    Why don't you try a little test. Fast overnight, don't inject any insulin, and then eat the Dreamfields. Take a fasting glucose reading and then a reading every 30 minutes for 6 hours and see what happens. Be sure to write down each reading.

    Then repeat the above experiment with any regular pasta and lay the Dreamfields results over the regular pasta results.

    If the Dreamfields truly works for you then great, eat the stuff and if you really do the test the same way both days and there isn't much difference then...if you still want to eat pasta while on insulin you can at least eat less expensive pasta.

    Reply: #236
  5. Stan Jacobs
    I ate the Dreamfield pasta and farted like crazy!!
  6. Joe Belair
    Stan jacobs....quite a reaction and one I have not had...what else was with it?
  7. ETS ERRACHAD
    Derar Sir, Mr. ;
    We research for a supplier of free sugar aliments as : Milks, Biscuits, cakes, rice, Macaroni, Spaghetti, all free sugar or specially for diabetics.
    free sugar macaroni or spaghetti produced from barley
    free sugar macaroni or spaghetti produced from wheat
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    We work since 25 years in the field of General Commerce, we are based in Nouakchott – Mauritania; we deal only with serious partners; we research for exclusive representation only; we are not interested for products which we will not have exclusivity representation.
    We deal now with a grate number of suppliers apart the word and represent their brands on our local market (Mauritnia), as:
    - Pokka juice , producer is POKKA corporation limited from Singapore (we import 7 containers 20feets by month from him).
    - Pringles , producer is Procter & Gambles , Belgium
    - Biscuit and Sweets from Krish Food Industries , INDIA
    - Black Pepper , Suplier is VInamex , from Vietnam
    We are also sole representative of following brands:
    - Neopren Glue , from Italy supplier is Kenda farben SPA
    - Gas equipment , brand name Orgaz , from Turkey
    - Calcium Carbide , from Kinsun in China
    - Industrial paints from PRODEC in Morocco.
    We are interested to a products with three criteria :
    •Best Quality;
    •Competivity in prices;
    •Seriousness and celerity of deal
    We hope to bind with you a fruitful business for our both companies
    We demand that you send us your competitive prices CIF NOUAKCHOTT (MAURITANIA) and send the photos of the kinds of Milks, Biscuits, cakes, rice, Macaroni, Spaghetti, all free sugar or specially for diabetics.

    Our address is :
    ETS ERRACHAD
    POUR LE COMMERRCE GENERAL
    Fixe Phone 0022245252577
    Fax 0022245.29.26.89
    Mobile Tel : 0022246501702 « 26501702
    E-mail : (ahmedabdallahi81@yahoo.fr
    B.P : 2643
    Avenue Almahar – Near the Nasr Sona
    Nouakchott – Mauritania

    Waiting for your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Yours, faithfully;
    Ahmed Ould Abdallahi

  8. A
    Ya know it just comes down to what one can eat and hold healthy #s. I know I cannot eat dream fields, it is like poison to my #s. Others can eat it without issues. It's just that simple people! Keep your numbers healthy, it's just that simple. My glucometer does not lie and is the best health tool I have ever owned.

    I have somehow easily dropped 40 pound by keeping my numbers in range. I am not on a diet, I am on healthy #s. Eating foods modified to be diabetic friendly is foolishness. Diabetic friendly foods are all on the perimeter of the store, they are colorful and fresh and include lots of protein. My treat is a fudgsicle every evening. Watch the documentary "the best human diet," makes so much sense.

    Stay healthy my friends.

  9. David
    Fraud, well my Body and my Glucose meter tell me a very different story.

    I have been eating and recommending Dreamfield's for years. I am a type 1 Diabetic for 30 years now. My A1C average ;sat to test is 6.1. I use Lantus and Homolog every time anything goes in my mouth. I guess you can say I carb count, but it is second nature and is all done in my head on an automated basis. I know exactly how much Homolog to take for what ever I am eating and what ever portion size.

    I test my blood sugar between 9-15 times a day, a bit anal, yes, but after the highly conclusive DCCT study http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/470738 . Almost everything I do is based off the study and on living a good and healthy life. After the study conclusively showed that I can to head off and reverse complications cause by Diabetes. The study was so conclusive it was ended quite early.

    Back to Dreamfields vs regular pasta. I am a big guy weight has been in the 200-230 range for the last 10 years, I am 6' 4" tall. When eating a "regular" portion of pasta, I need to take 10-12 unites of insulin, when eating the same size portion of Dreamfield, I need to reduce my insulin down by 75% to about 4 units. I have trie this over and over until I no longer eat "regular" pasta. I know that I can eat Dreamfields and keep my insulin intake at a minimum. These are my numbers, I suggest you try this for yourself, of course doing some close and often monitoring.

    This is not a myth, not a fraud and anyone that would like to contact me regarding this, please feel free.

    PS. I am just a regular guy, do not work for nor have ANY connection to Dreamfield or any of it's related or subsidiary companies, just someone that is grateful for a product that allows me to again eat food I love again!

    David

  10. Bob
    Thanks for the scientific analysis! I appreciate it.
    If it were not for Dreamfields, the low carb thing just would not work for me!
    Thanks Again.
  11. ETS ERRACHAD
    Derar Sir, Mr. ;
    We research for a supplier of free sugar aliments as : Milks, Biscuits, cakes, rice, Macaroni, Spaghetti, all free sugar or specially for diabetics.
    We work since 25 years in the field of General Commerce, we are based in Nouakchott – Mauritania; we deal only with serious partners; we research for exclusive representation only; we are not interested for products which we will not have exclusivity representation.
    We deal now with a grate number of suppliers apart the word and represent their brands on our local market (Mauritnia), as:
    - Pokka juice , producer is POKKA corporation limited from Singapore (we import 7 containers 20feets by month from him).
    - Pringles , producer is Procter & Gambles , Belgium
    - Biscuit and Sweets from Krish Food Industries , INDIA
    - Black Pepper , Suplier is VInamex , from Vietnam
    We are also sole representative of following brands:
    - Neopren Glue , from Italy supplier is Kenda farben SPA
    - Gas equipment , brand name Orgaz , from Turkey
    - Calcium Carbide , from Kinsun in China
    - Industrial paints from PRODEC in Morocco.
    We are interested to a products with three criteria :
    •Best Quality;
    •Competivity in prices;
    •Seriousness and celerity of deal
    We hope to bind with you a fruitful business for our both companies
    We demand that you send us your competitive prices CIF NOUAKCHOTT (MAURITANIA) and send the photos of the kinds of Milks, Biscuits, cakes, rice, Macaroni, Spaghetti, all free sugar or specially for diabetics.

    Our address is :
    ETS ERRACHAD
    POUR LE COMMERRCE GENERAL
    Fixe Phone 0022245252577
    Fax 0022245.29.26.89
    Mobile Tel : 0022246501702 « 26501702
    E-mail : (ahmedabdallahi81@yahoo.fr
    B.P : 2643
    Avenue Almahar – Near the Nasr Sona
    Nouakchott – Mauritania

    Waiting for your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Yours, faithfully;
    Ahmed Ould Abdallahi

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  13. Brittany
    Hi there. I came across your site after I did a google search for "How does Dreamfield Pasta work?"

    Just to give you a brief back story... my husband is 31 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 25 (very late onset, the guy is a super athlete so for a long time he just mistook the muscle/weight & frequent urination loss for excess exercise & intake of water). He had diabetes for 2 years before we met and he, himself, was still trying to understand and figure out what he could and could not eat. We have been on a battle together, to find truly low-carb, satisfying foods that don't make him "feel like a diabetic" if you will, and also for myself because I incur instant guilt indulging in ice cream or coke right in front of him.
    I've been on a search since we got married for a good low-carb "pasta". We did the shirataki (yam flour) noodles for a long time, despite the funky smell and slimy texture, as I thought that was my only choice. Then I progressed to spaghetti squash and zucchini ribbons... not bad. But then, I found DREAMFIELDS! I thought, just as you stated, "this is too good to be true" - they look, taste & feel just like real noodles... the gates of heaven opened up. But with all things, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. We tried them about 2 years ago and depending on the time my husband checked his sugars were out of whack. He is a lot more brittle compared to any of the numbers found on your site. For him, to eat 50 carbs of pasta and not take an insulin shot would result in BS of 300s. Well, I reintroduced Dreamfields about 2-3 weeks ago and stocked up. I always wondered "how is it protected, are there cardboard fibers in there that don't get digested??"

    Anyhow, I've seen enough information here to put a hiatus on the "so-called" low carb foods. We do buy a lot of the Breyer's low-carb ice cream too because it's made with Splenda and does well for his sugars, but I can only imagine the effects of all this fake sugar in his system. He hasn't gotten on board with me about the dangers and cancerous effects of splenda, sweet-n-low, etc.

    Thanks for presenting your information and doing this experiment.

  14. Gregg
    I would say that the author of this article had a bad experience with Dreamfield and is on a mission. If he ate a double recommended portion of the pasta and his sugar rose to 131, he's normal and what was the point of the experiment? As for those supposed scientists eating Dreamfield and then eating regular pasta, what does this prove other than they are not very scientific. I read many of the comments and most people have a favorable rating of Dreamfield. Just remember that the Internet is filled with many bogus articles and you can't believe everything you read. Everyone is different when it comes to body chemistry. Nowhere in the article is there a mention of medications. Medications act differently for different people. Also, waiting several hours before eating can be another problem in running an experiment as the liver comes into play. Someone commented that an A1C of 6.5 is uncontrolled treatment. I suspect the author of that comment was related to the author of the article or a friend at least. Anything under a 7.0 for an A1C is the goal of the medical team. Again, people, be careful what you read and what you believe. Whatever works for you is the most important thing in your life. Just remember that if Dreamfield was guilty of false advertising or wrong information, "Big Brother" would have swept down on them! Stay well and well informed!
  15. Michelle
    Have been using Dreamfield Pasta for 2 years with low-carb WOL everything they advertise is the truth. Great Product. Didn't read what this idiot said in article but Dreamfield works
  16. Pico
    @ James, How did this article became about "obamacare" or as you worded it " statist systems where the government makes the health-care choices and we just have to live with whatever they say…."

    This article gives you an option or consideration one might take. A "CHOICE" just like what you had insinuated you lost with the " government health-care choices YOU have to live it whatever they say"

    Are you contradicting yourself? Would you rather we don't see these types of article/observations and to just blindly believe what DP or all food manufacturers, for that matter, say, state, declare and dictate?

  17. Susan
    I am not a diabetic but I use Dreamfields for weight loss. And it WORKS. It does NOT spike my blood sugar. I checked it an hour after eating which should have jacked my sugar up really high. Well guess what? It was only 82. The key to not ingesting too many carbs from it: Do not over cook it. Set a timer and babysit the pasta.
  18. Aileen
    You may have just saved me quite a bit of heartache. When I began doing Atkins I was eating some form of eggs and meat in the morning and meat (mostly chicken or fish) and vegetables for lunch and dinner with mostly meat or cheese snacks. My biggest rule was to only shop the perimeter of the grocery store. I never entered the aisles. I lost 90 lbs in less than a year. Once I was married, I began to do the aisles to feed my husband and my step children and I fell into this low carb replacement foods and in the past five years I have actually gained back a bit of weight. I really never gave it much thought and I honestly think this is the reason. I will be back eating only whole foods tomorrow!
  19. Aileen
    You may have just saved me quite a bit of heartache. When I began doing Atkins I was eating some form of eggs and meat (turkey bacon or pepperoni, yum!) in the morning and meat (mostly chicken or fish) and vegetables for lunch and dinner with mostly meat or cheese snacks with some occasional brown rice or air popped popcorn. My biggest rule was to only shop the perimeter of the grocery store. I never entered the aisles. I lost 90 lbs in less than a year. Once I was married, I began to do the aisles to feed my husband and my step children and I fell into this low carb replacement food habit and in the past five years I have actually gained back quite a bit of weight. I wonder if all my "low carb" convenience foods are to blame. I was eating Dreamfields once a week at Sunday Dinner while I was losing but I wonder if it initially worked for me because I was super aware of portion size and it was only once a week. I honestly eat it practically daily now. I really never gave it much thought and I honestly think this could be the reason. I will be back eating only whole foods tomorrow and I will see if it works.
  20. Julie
    My 6 year old daughter has Type 1 Diabetes (diagnosed with this autoimmune disease at 2 years old) Pasta is always a nightmare for us because it takes so long to digest and if we give her the insulin up front, she plummets then goes high later.

    Her pancreas doesn't work at all and we have a continual glucose monitor (checks her glucose every 5 minutes). We bolused for the amount of insulin that dream field recommended (5 grams of carbs) and her blood sugars were perfect and remained steady. This is our 3rd time trying dreamfields and I love it for this reason. We don't eat pasta often (we usually do spaghetti squash) but it's so nice to know there's another alternative out there.

  21. Raphael
    I can't stand not knowing who here is bullshitting and who is not... That said, I've been eating Dreamfields pasta about 3x a week, I'm not diabetic, and in 2 months I've lost 35lbs. So, there's that. I have tried calling the company for info, left messages, and haven't ever gotten a return call.
  22. Ann
    I wasn't able to get DF at my local store for a couple of weeks. When it finally came in, it had different packaging.
    It no longer states the following: only 5gms of digestible carb; Low Glycemic Food Index; explaining the Patent Pending formula and manufacturing process!!! It is just another box of pasta. I am very disappointed right now. Whether this is low carb or not, I do not know now. If I compare the Nutrition Facts to other Pastas, the answer is NO. Oh, by the way..the Nutrition Facts on both boxes of Dreamfields Elbows old packaging & new packaging is the exact same.

    I have to ask WHY DID THEY CHANGE THEIR PACKAGING?

  23. Ruby
    I am not diabetic but I've decided to eat low carb- just like a diabetic. I've lost 15 pounds in 3 months and am quite happy eating this way.

    I consume Dreamfields pasta about 3 times a week. It keeps me on the straight and narrow because the taste and texture is the same as regular pasta. I always eat two servings at one sitting.

    The big thing for me is I no longer get that bloated feeling after eating Dreamfields pastas. My body KNOWS there's a difference and so do my blood sugars. Maybe some people have different reactions.

    I will continue to enjoy lasagne, angel hair and rotini pasta made with Dreamfields. That's not to say I won't try other low carb pastas, too.

  24. Rooster
    I love that this fraud is being conducted by an obese guy that looks and sounds like Michael Moore, I wonder if Jimmy and Michael Moore are related.
  25. Anne
    I've been doing low carb since the end of September. I've lost 31 lbs, but at the beginning of Feb, suddenly stopped losing weight and even put on a couple of pounds. There were several reasons - a couple of days off, probably a natural plateau - but the big culprit was Dreamfields pasta. I made a wonderful casserole with cauliflower, Dreamfields and cheese sauce. Figuring in 5 carbs, I was fine, but it became clear that somehow it wasn't really 5 carbs. I've thrown the rest out. This article confirmed my intuition. So disappointed. Back to what I know is good for me!
  26. RB
    Dreamfields works for me!

    Have lost weight and don't feel bloated after a meal like with regular pasta. These people saying Dreamfields products don't work probably are employed by a competing company.

    Enough said!

  27. John
    I see that Dreamfields has removed all claims about being low-carb from both the packaging of their pasta and their website. There is also no longer any mention of "protected" vs. "digestible" carbs. It sounds like this post was correct. Does anyone here know what happened? I can't find anything on the internet about it.
  28. Deborah Krueger
    John,

    There was a class-action lawsuit filed against Dreamfields on July 22, 2013. Hoping the links show. These are listed on my website at http://www.low-carb-scams.com under the Breaking News Button near the bottom.

    Dreamfields Pasta Class Action Lawsuit
    09/17/13 BREAKING NEWS: To be continued…On July 22, 2013 a class action lawsuit was filed against the makers and sellers of Dreamfields Pasta for false advertising. Please see Mirakay et al. v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-04429, D. NJ. Only the first 48 pages need be perused and you will get the gist of things.
    Jimmy Moore, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, (aka The DietDoctor) and Laura Dolson are all cited in the suit.

  29. Deborah Krueger
  30. Trudy
    I'm Type 2. It works for me. I like it and recommend it. That's all I know. Each to his own......
  31. Sam
    Great info, Deborah. Has something happened with the lawsuit in the last couple of weeks? I noticed I have some packages with the old claims and some with the new label, so they must have just made the packaging changes recently (even though the lawsuit was back in July).
  32. Deborah Krueger
    Sam,

    I just made a quick scoot to a local grocery store that carries Dreamfields and they still have the same old labels which sadly means there has been no national recall. You know how this stuff plays out. It will grind through the courts and there will be a settlement and the company will not cop to any wrong-doing blah, blah, then everyone who wants to can get in on the lawsuit for $50.-$75 blah, blah blah.

    This is one problem I see. This company has been poisoning people for so long and their product recognition is so great that people will continue to unsuspectingly continue to buy it.

    If I were the judge (and I am not) I would make the company completely re-design their packaging as to make it unrecognizable which means people would have to search for it and perhaps take a second look at the labeling. If people still wanted to pay 3xmore for the stuff then OK ,so be it.

  33. Fabrics
    I think that both are right this is a slow carb but not a low carb the two does not have any connection so u could get a lot of sugar for a long time ( that prove this is a slow carb ) and still eat it even you are diabetic and for people who keep a low gi diet it's sounds a good compromise
  34. Megan
    Why was this article pulled? Has there been any follow-up to confirm their findings or was it nullified?
  35. Margarita
    I too ate the Dreamfields Pasta and I tested my sugar level before I ate it and every hour after for 4 hours. Guess what. Zero spike in sugar. Maybe people respond differently as they do to caffeine, etc. For me, Dreamfields is, well, a dream! I use it often and still remain in ketosis and lose the weight. I am not diabetic...don't know if that makes a difference.
  36. Melissa
    To say an A1C of 6.5 is not well controlled is the same as saying testing type 1 AND type 2 AND non diabetics' response to this pasta and expecting equivalent results is smart. Geez people. Type 1 and 2 are NOT the same disease. The true question is the amount of insulin needed, in equivalent conditions, to bring a type 1 back down to a standard, i.e. 100 mg/dl.

    Perhaps if you had a chronic disease that required you to take insulin TO STAY ALIVE, then you wouldn't be picking on this product. Perhaps if you had to pay over $100 for a bottle of insulin, and over $200 for a physician visit, and over $400 for biannual testing, then you would understand why using less insulin is becoming more crucial every day. I plan to try it today, if for no other reason than you do not know the basics of insulin dependency.

  37. Corey
    My wife had gestational diabetes and if she ate 'regular' pasta or other traditionally high carb foods, her blood surgar spiked above 150. Whenever she ate the dreamfields pasta, her blood sugar remained stable. All I know is that it worked for my wife, and it sounds like for a lot of other people as well.
    Reply: #238
  38. Zepp
    Yeah.. its low GI.. not low carb!

    But whit a gestational diabetes.. she should still reduce here carb intake.. even that is low GI!

    Becuse then she have a predisposal to be a full diabetic!

    Women discoverd first before men that they is becoming diabetics.. becuse of pregnanty.

    Its then still time to stop the progress of diabetes.

  39. nancy
    I have been reading about protected carbs and some people are saying as long as pasta is cold (also rice) that it will not raise blood sugar. What do you think about that?
  40. EatLessMoveMoore
    Jimmy Moore's righteous condemnation of Dreamfields is problematic, to say the least. His endless shilling of every pseudo "low carb" frankenfood fed into this industry in the first place - allowing it to grow to the proportions it did (and, some would say, damaging whole/natural foods LC in the process). Interesting, isn't it, that he never did one of his much-promoted N=1s for products like Quest Bars (who were, incidentally, instrumental in funding his website/show)... People really need to wake up and make Jimmy start having to earn an honest living.
  41. jennifer
    Does anyone know how to file a claim?? Please help!! Jenny
  42. Darren Stevens
    Sorry, I don't care what your research tells you because I know this works for me. I cannot eat 4oz dry regular pasta without BS spiking ridiculously. With Dreamfields this does not happen. BUT, this is not true for everyone to whom I've recommended this product. My mom used to get the same results as me, but her brother did not. Some friends of mine do not share my luck with this pasta, unfortunately, so I believe that for some reason the "low carb" effect does not work on everyone. I've known this for years and think that is the larger question here: Why does this work for some and not everyone?
  43. Brandy
    One thing most people have missed is the same thing ALL of our nutritionists tell us the first day they speak to us about maintaining our glucose levels, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!!!! Personally I am not on insulin and have been able to keep my BGL to 110 while I am supposed to maintain between 100-130, 1hour after eating. Of course this is for me personally due to my weight, BMI, and activity level. I am able to eat rice without any increase in my glucose level but a piece of bread will spike me well over 150. Does this mean I found a low carb rice, NO! It means my body reacted to the rice differently than most others would have. This particular pasta has had a positive effect for me, my BGL with a single serving, grilled veggies, and sliced lamb, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar gave me a BGL of 98-103 for six nights in a row. I had a snack at 3pm of sliced cheese and 6 Triscuits, then ate this dinner at 6:30pm for 6 nights.

    My sister-n-law, type 2 diabetic ate the same thing and her BGL spiked at 145 and higher each night. I have Gestational Diabetes due to pregnancy. From what I have learned there is still no difference in managing all three types of diabetes. The only difference is how the diabetes was acquired, birth, health, or pregnancy. As a side note, my sister-n-law can eat pizza without a spike in her BGL but I can't. Again I must point out, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!!!

  44. Missy
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three months ago.

    I have never bought the whole "net carbs" nonsense.

    It's not Dreamfields that is the problem. It is the whole "net carb" claim that is the fraud. I see many foods now labeled showing "net" carbs. I don't believe there is any such thing. A carb, is a carb, is a carb. I only look at total carbs and everyone else should do the same. Total carbs are the only thing that matter. Anyone who tells you a carb does not count is LYING!

  45. kimberly
    I just have bought regular pasta every blue moon because my hubby misses it..but this is really rare, most times its simple meat and veggies.... but i like to experiment. Sad thing is when you look up low carb pasta recipes there is always high carb things like tapioca flour or arrowroot and i refuse to use that

    I wonder if i could use almond flour with kudzu starch to make a type of pasta which would keep it carb free.. yet no one has seem to try this .. think i am gonna try.. you only need a binder for the almond flour in all honesty in theory it makes sense

  46. Tom
    I might was well get my two cents in here. I'm a type 2 diabetic and control my glucose levels with diet and exercise. For me, pasta became a thing of the past until I found Dreamfields. Let me tell you about tonight. As a treat, we had spaghetti and meatballs using Dreamfields angel hair. I buy only Classico spaghetti sauce, no corn syrup, and pre-made meatballs but check the carb count. They are small and I eat only 5. I have a small cup of Dreamfields angel hair, about 3/4 of a cup. My bs was at 80 before I ate dinner. Two hours later, I'm sweating and asking my wife if she is warm. Time to test my glucose levels. 170! So, the sneakers go on, and out I go on my second walk of the day to get my glucose levels to a respectable number. They get back to 88.

    This is not the first time Dreamfields has done this to me. I have a daughter who is also a type 2 and it happens with her also. So, I think there is some validity to what this author is saying. I think I'll opt for real food from now on.

  47. Joan martinelli
    now I know that dreamfields is a farce how does one get the promosed money back that the suit said the users of the pasta are to be given
  48. Joan martinelli
    will the company now lower the price of the posta seeing it does not do what it was clamed to do. It is not better then any normal shelf pasta so stop robbing the public and bring the price down and make sure the public knows it is no better then any other pasta
  49. Judy Uhl
    I'm a type 2 diabetic and as with everything I eat it in small amounts and I'm fine. 1 cup of pasta with 1/2 cup of sauce and my blood surgars are fine.
  50. dlobb65
    I recently read something about Dreamfileds being low carb and switched from Barilla Plus, but now I just don't know which is the smarter choice! My husband is obese and has a family history of diabetes (he doesn't have it, at least not yet). He isn't willing to give up foods for the sake of his health and he doesn't care about losing weight. His philosophy is that if he doesn't feel bad after eating it, it must be ok. So I do what I can....brown rice instead of white, sprouted bread, veggie chips instead of potato chips, etc. He insists on eating pasta(piles of it!), so which should I buy?
    Reply: #251
  51. erdoke
    There is no miracle, so big piles of pasta will keep the fat on or even growing.
    However, you at least could reduce the load by serving some reduced carb variety such as Carba-Nada: http://www.aldentepasta.com/product-categories/carbanada/
    24 g carbs in 2 ounces vs. 42 in a regular blue Barilla fettuccine.
    A trick you can try is to add more vegetables to all meals and reduce serving size.
  52. deborahkrueger
    To dlobb65

    If your husband doesn't care about his health then buy the cheapest pasta possible. Dreamfields is no different than any other crappy pasta.

    http://www.low-carb-scams.com

  53. Louise D....Pa.
    My Daughter and I are Diabetics. I tested Dreamfields years ago against other regular pastas. My Doctor told me to test 2 hours after eating and if my BS was 140 or below, I ate a good meal. I tested my usual favorite brand and I went off the chart @ 2 hours. When I did the same test with dreamfields my BS was 138. I have been using Dreamfields ever since and we will still use it. I don't know why the company caved but I am a fan. Just wish they would add Rigatoni and soup pasta to their lists. I break up the Angel hair for soup and indulge in Macaroni salad with the elbows.I love their pasta....If you had fresh vegetables for a Primavera it lessens your glucose even more....Dosen't happen with the old pasta's....My opinion and I am sticking to it.
  54. Katie
    I am not diabetic, but will often turn to an Atkins-like diet plan when I want to lose weight in a short period of time. I use Ketosticks to monitor the effectiveness of my efforts, (I'm the instant gratification type unfortunately) and after many sessions, I've learned that I must keep my daily carb intake below 30 grams to stay in ketosis. Even though was losing weight, I was near madness after a few weeks without pasta. I decided to give the Dreamfields a try, and used the spaghetti, lasagna and penne. I made sure to check multiple times a day after eating the pasta, which I paired with a low carb marinara or Alfredo sauce, and not once did I come out of ketosis. Exact science? Nope. But it works for me every time. Bottom line here, everyone metabolizes differently. It isn't going work for everyone, but just because it didn't work for you, that's no guarantee others won't find success with it. Give it a try and judge for yourself.
  55. Tanya
    Apparently the hearing is on September 24th. If you want to file a claim to be reimbursed pending the outcome of the class action, go to http://www.Dreamfields Settlement.com by Sept 1.

    They posted a legal notice in Cooking Light this month.

    All in all, I lost 70 pounds not by counting carbs, but by limiting my intake of sugar and processed foods. (Which, is kind of the same.). After 12 years of trying every diet, changing my eating habits, by consuming a whole food diet, primarily of veg and fish, and staying organic as much as possible changed my life.

    And, if you want the occasional pasta, have it. On occasion. It's more fun to make it from scratch or eat out, so you know what is in what you're eating. :) (My 2 cents.)

  56. Sandy
    I was reading the ingredient list for Dream Field linguine recently and noticed vegetable fibers (inulin). I'm wondering if this is what helps with the slow release of sugar.
    Reply: #257
  57. erdoke
    It might do that, though the primary reason for consuming it is that inulin in fact is one of the best prebiotics, i.e. feed for gut bacteria.
  58. Moose
    I went for real food like the author, and I feel great!
    When people say they are diabetic and still eat carbs... then.. well, say no more. To each his own.
    Sugar is among the list of worst things ever for humans.
    Real food and fat is what our metabolism needs.
  59. Kristi
    I have been recently diagnosed with Type two Diabetes. In my disappointment with my diabetic status I decided it was time to loose weight and bring down my blood sugar levels. In making this possible I have been using the no card to low carb diet. In the course of two weeks I have lost twelve pounds simply by cutting out or moderately taking in carbs. One of my biggest carbohydrate weaknesses is pasta. When I learned about Dream Fields I was excited to learn such a product could exist. For my lunch I decided to have pasta with low sugar sauce. Prior to consumption of my pasta I took my blood sugar and discovered I was at 98. After 45 minutes of consuming my pasta my blood sugar jumped to 200. I tested my sugar an hour later from there and I was at 162. Then that evening when I had my dinner which was almond crusted chicken with green beans I waited an approximately 45 minutes to test my sugar and I was at 108. Conclusion from my own personal experience Dream Fields Pasta is like an other pasta consumed and is a carbohydrate that can spike your blood sugar.
  60. deborahkrueger
    To file your claim go to http://www.dreamfieldssettlement.com It needs to be filed by September 1, 2014 and it is super simple.

    Any extra money goes to the ADA (American Diabetic Association) and personally I hope they NEVER GET A PENNY of Dreamfields blood money.

  61. treeum
    Wow. So much disinformation on this. I am a "died in the wool" low-carber, and I, and my family, have ALL lost weight using Dreamfields. This product has worked for us and I have suggested DF to others who also have benefitted. All the complainers may want to take a look at how much booze they are drinking along with their Dreamfields... That will put weight on you, even if you do eat low carb. Alcohol has calories, and those calories are used before your body uses its fat stores. Keep that in mind. By the way, In case anyone's interested, I lost 53 pounds in 3 1/2 months going low-carb. And yes. Eating Dreamfields during the process. Now, this is not to say that you can eat all you want, like the seemingly 'less than genuine' writing of the author of this article suggests is implied with Dreamfields' claims. You cannot eat all you want. Low-carb substitutes are not meant to make it open season to gorge yourself on these products. They do instead offer the low-carb eater an opportunity to satisfy a part of their appetite, Taken this way, they are there to give a certain amount of satisfaction, while still staying in the low-carb world. That's all. Eat your substitutes in moderation, enjoy and don't get burned out on low-carb eating. That's the point. Now; was that so hard?
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