The Dreamfields Pasta Fraud Finally Results in an 8 Million Dollar Fine!

Fined 8M

Let this be a warning to all companies shamelessly selling “low-carb” fake products.

Dreamfields, the biggest brand of “low-carb” pasta, has for a long time lived on a blatant lie. I tested their pasta several years ago and found that it raised my blood sugar dramatically, much like regular pasta. When scientists later examined the matter, they found no difference at all between the “low-carb” pasta and regular pasta from the grocery store!

The pasta was included as an example of low-carb frauds in my presentation ”The Food Revolution”, with over 400,000 views on YouTube.

American lawyers filed a class action lawsuit this summer against Dreamfields, and the settlement papers were filed on Monday. The company gave up even before the trial and confessed. Their fine will be $7.9 million. Most of the money is reserved for reimbursing customers. If you bought the fraud pasta between 2004 and 2014 you are entitled to get your money back.

Law360: Pasta Maker Forks Over $8M In Low-Carb Labeling Deal

You read the time frame right. Dreamfields has continued with this blatant fraud for TEN YEARS and the brand has been a best seller. The makers have destroyed health and weight effects from a low-carb diet for countless people.

Dreamfields will now change the labeling for their product to something less deceptive. But there are still thousands of low-carb frauds out there that are just as bad from other companies. 

Previously

The Dreamfields Pasta Fraud – the Test

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  1. Jeb
    "The Dreamfields class action settlement is capped at $5 million and any remaining money that’s not claimed will be awarded to the American Diabetes Association"

    LOL. As if the ADA is going to solve things here in the USA....

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  2. Matt
    A couple of clarifications. Firstly they weren't "fined", they settled a lawsuit. Or more accurately they've agreed to settle a lawsuit but a judge still has to approve the settlement. Secondly they only have to remove the misleading claim from their packaging for one year. Theoretically a year from now they could put it back on.

    And any leftover money after consumers are reimbursed goes to the American Diabetes Association (who I'm sure will use the money to encourage people to eat "healthy carbs" like the kind found in whole wheat products like Dreamfields pasta!)

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  1. Charles Osborne
    Dreamfields has been a great blessing to me, and I was never deceived by it--I monitor my blood sugar (diabetes) and used as directed, the sugar did not spike. It never said "low carb"--the box tells us the carbs. It did imply that it did not raise blood sugar due to having a low glycemic index, but that is a measurement I do not use in my diet, so I don't know about that. All I know is that I can have delicious pasta (would never touch the other kind) in moderation if I don't pile on any other carbs with it.

    3/4 cup dry product does not sound like much, but I make a thick sauce with lots of meat, mushrooms, peppers, anything low carb in it, and put the pasta on top so it looks like a plate of spaghetti. Nobody should have thought regular sauce with sugar in it is OK.

    I hope I don't have to order it direct, because they charge regular retail list plus shipping--the discount stores and Amazon are less. I got a $200 settlement because of Amazon purchases, but since Walmart started carrying it I have bought it there--no settlement there.

    I think lawsuits should be limited to actual damages--and require proof of the damage. Notice that they were not prosecuted for violation of any criminal laws regarding fraud or false advertising--that would require conclusive proof they did something wrong.

  2. Charles Osborne
    p.s.
    Notice how easily the government found everybody who bought these products?
  3. Dawn Walsh
    I received my check today
  4. Audrea
    I received a check and had no idea what it was for other than a settlement. Kind of scary how they can find you.
  5. Duelles
    We have been buying Dreamfields for at least two years, due to my bride of 43 years having a high blood sugar reading. What did make a difference was adhering to the correct potion size. I happen to love an Alfredo sauce - low carb! And for me not a worry in the world. How did someone know to send me a check for $17.01? That is the creepy thing, besides the bad science. Stick to correct portions, don't over indulge, walk, excersize, live long and well.
  6. TC
    The only fraud here has nothing to do with Dreamfields.
    When i consume this product, I have ZERO spike in blood sugar. With regular pasta, I go well into the 200's and stays there for ore than 12 hours.
    I'm not sure what the benefit to the writer is, but I can attest to the benefits of this product.
  7. M Hadley
    I, too, use Dreamfields pasta and but I use portion control of one cup. Regular pasta spikes my blood sugar while Dreamfields cause only a small tolerable rise (checking 2 hours after the meal). I'm sure anyone who thinks they can eat huge portions because it's so-call low carb doesnt really understand that even one carb unit (15 grams) will cause your glucose to rise quite a bit. Dreamfields does not say there are no carbs, in fact there still is a lot of carbs in one cup. So you can't eat a huge amount anyway. I just found that whatever they use (I think it's inulin) it works to slow the absorption of the carbs. That's how they should have marketed it.
  8. Captain Obvious
    Don't eat shit processed food? Pretty simple.
  9. Hank
    Funny.. I'm a type 2 Diabetic and it works for me.......
  10. G. Freeman
    I've done my own long term tests at home and I don't get the same blood sugar spikes from Dreamfields like I do with other pasta. How do you explain that?
  11. Jennifer
    My sugar spiked crazy high with dream fields and they removed my negative comments from their Facebook. Maybe some of you folks still make insulin but for those of us with type 1 and some with type 2 who no longer make much insulin, their FALSE claims do cause harm. They harmed me and I don't want my 10 bucks back for the pasta. I deserve more, and they deserve to be out of business for purposefully harming innocent people already suffering from a chronic disease. It's sickening.
  12. Amanda
    I love this product. I have gestational diabetes and this never spikes my sugar after testing at 1, 2 and 3 hours. Everyone responds differently and what one person can tolerate another can't. I just made lasagna and 1 and 2 hours are both below 100. Now...gestational diabetes isn't true diabetes. But I can say when I eat regular pasta or french fries I go as high as 200. So I can go high if I eat the wrong foods.
  13. Terry
    How did they decide we gets reimbursed? I've bought dreamfields and this is the first I've even heard about this. I had to throw my dream fields out! I had it in air tight container and bugs came out of pasta.
  14. Jade2101
    I have bought dreamfields while on my diet and it really helped and tastes delicious. I'll continue to buy it and not put on weight.
  15. Randy
    I still have not received my settlement check.
    I filed using the "Online Claim Form" for 12 boxes.
    I received a confirmation, dated 8/21/2014,
    claim number: 305xxxx.

    Is there anything I can do?
    Were these mailed a postcard checks?
    Is it possible the postal lady stole these?

    Thank you.

  16. Bob Masterson
    I must be really stupid. I just bought 2 more boxes and never noticed the changed lable. My daughter pointed out the fraud. I've been eating Dreamfields for 12 years. Never noticed a change in my blood sugar. They tasted good so I never questioned the "low Carb" info on the package. All I ever noticed was how expensive they were. Where do I ally to get a refund?? Thanks for your research. Bob Masterson
  17. Clay
    The author and this website are morons. Dreamfields may not be low carb, but the benefits to diabetics are incredible. I am a Type I diabetic and have been eating this pasta for years. I use about 30% less insulin than with normal pasta and don't have sugar spikes that always accompany normal pasta. Whole wheat pasta also does better, but not as good as Dreamfields. My numbers don't lie. If you want to avoid sugar spikes, try this pasta and see the difference for yourself.
  18. Cheryl Clemmons
    I have purchased this many times. No one has come to me with a refund.
  19. Echo Vinke
    I never got my "settlement" from Dreamfields pasta. I believed their claims! I'm naive! I want to know who do I contact to get my settlement!
  20. Carol J. Becker
    My family has been using Dream Fields about 5 to 6 yrs. now. A nurse told my husband about it & I started using it. I'm the diabetic in the family and when we have any of this pasta my blood sugar remains stable. I plan to keep using it as long as it's being sold.
  21. Ken
    Do you work for the Company
  22. Tammy Bushman
    I never got any money for my purchases and then now I found out it was a scam
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