The Dreamfields pasta fraud

Dreamfields’ Pasta: Proven a 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

Spaghetti

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:

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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:

LC

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

Efter

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

Blood Sugar when eating Dreamfields’ 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:

Dreamfields test in 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

Dreamfields’ pasta Vs regular pasta

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:

Low carb 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.

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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.

More

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Why Americans are obese, part 2

Eating LCHF in America

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360 comments

  1. V
    I would argue that he didn't have any lean protein with this pasta test. No one eats just a plate of dry pasta. Even some non-starchy veggies would have been a good idea. If you look at all the other meals he tested his BS with, they included protein. But, I, too, am intrigued by the "low carb" of a "regular" pasta. If you look at Dreamfields website, under recipes, several of their recipes "double" cook the pasta. Which according to a source, if you overcook or reheat the pasta, it loses the low carb effect. I don't understand how this works. Someone above my pay grade and much more experience has figured this out. But I also wonder if this is the power of suggestion at work as well - something akin to "mind over matter."
  2. James Maxwell
    "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? ...That’s an interesting philosophical question."

    I thought this was a joke at first but you are serious. This confirms to me that some people can be completely rational in some areas of life and completely stupid in other areas. It's called scientific and societal progression. If someone wants to taste a pizza without the health detriment, who are you to tell them that their desire is not as valid as your desire to watch a movie? Of course food and the human body should be modified in accordance with our modern and future lifestyles. Should we keep our food and bodily processes at the same level of advancement forever or should we continually improve our practices so that oneday we can make a calorie-less pizza without much effort or resource at all?

  3. Rose
    I'm not diabetic but I prefer Dreamfields over other pasta because of the way I feel after eating it; light and not bloated. I always eat two servings.
  4. SciencelabAB2.3
    For all the diabetics here, why not just stop eating pasta? Dreamfield’s or any pasta...they aren’t great for you and if you already have a health issue, why not stop eating it?
  5. Sherry Turck
    My husband and I love all the Dreamfield products. I have one problem, I used to be able to purchase Lasagna noodles, I have not been able to find any since Spring. I will not make Lasagna with any other noodle. Are they not making them anymore or will they be continuing in the future?
    Reply: #364
  6. SLHR
    All I know is I am diabetic and DREAMFIELDS WORKS FOR ME, BLOOD SUGAR ALWAYS MUCH LOWER THAN WHEN EATING REGULAR PASTA !
  7. Patriotpete
    Several years back I was on a low carb diet and lost 60 lbs, with the help of dreamfields pasta. I followed the directions with the amount and cooked it and then ate it. It was delicious then and it did indeed help me lose weight. I am wondering if the author went into his experiment with the thought that Dreamfields was a crock to begin with?
  8. John
    Nutcase, This Product Works:

    All I can tell you is that I can see the changes they talk about in my Blood Glucose monitor. Their marketing may be a fraud but their product works. What is really going on is they make this product out of a very hard Durum wheat, it takes longer to digest there fore no spike in blood sugar. It works like having 1/2 the calories made out of "sugar alcohol" which takes longer to digest. In other words Its the same amount of calories just spread out over a longer period of time, just like the other low carbs products.

  9. Rhonda Rosser
    I must be one of the rare diabetics on here and right now my bs is shot. I take insulin and ate a serving of Dreamsfield Spaghetti at 6PM, followed by 10U of insulin. It is now 10:09PM and my bs has shot from 63 to 261!! I hate to see how high I will be later on. One thing I do know is I will never eat Dreamsfield again.
  10. Fred
    It's funny how they call it fraud but with so many responses on here, including my own on how good it works. I don't know if some people are unlucky or are just doing something wrong, but this is the ONLY pasta I consider low carb since it truly doesn't affect your hypoglycemic levels. I have used since they came out and have never had any issues and I am not diabetic, but I use for low carb dieting and I'm always in ketosis after eating this pasta. The one thing I can say, is don't reheat it and never overcook it. Also don't cook in sauce as it somehow alters it and it acts like regular pasta.
    Reply: #361
  11. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    It's funny how they call it fraud but with so many responses on here, including my own on how good it works. I don't know if some people are unlucky or are just doing something wrong, but this is the ONLY pasta I consider low carb since it truly doesn't affect your hypoglycemic levels. I have used since they came out and have never had any issues and I am not diabetic, but I use for low carb dieting and I'm always in ketosis after eating this pasta. The one thing I can say, is don't reheat it and never overcook it. Also don't cook in sauce as it somehow alters it and it acts like regular pasta.

    As you noted, personal results may vary. For those with diabetes, it may not be worth the risk.

  12. Kim
    I always eat DREAMFEILDS. When I eat regular pasta I need something sweet after never with df! Don't get that sugar rush or that bloated feeling either. I'm diabetic on insulin.
  13. Mickey
    Doc, you're clearly not a diabetic yet you use your body to test a product designed for diabetics. I bet you don't fit in a child car seat, either, but that doesn't mean they are bad or fraudulent for kids!
    Dreamfields may make some fake claims, but the high fiber is very helpful for us type-II diabetics in slowing the absorption of carbs.
    The claim here is that a blood test of 131 mg/dL of glucose is high!
    If that was the avg. of your blood glucose readings, it corresponds to a great A1c of 6.4 - which most diabetics only dream of!
    Additionally, the graph begins with the blood glucose in the low 80's - almost in the dangerous hypotonic zone if you're taking diabetic meds. If you are a diabetic, your blood sugar should rise significantly from that level when you eat almost anything!
    Meat, veggies and butter and your blood glucose remained in the low 90's? That doesn't happen with diabetics.
    Personally, I try to keep my post-meal readings (Freestyle Libre) below 160.
    If I eat 4.4 oz. of regular pasta (1/3 a 13.2 oz box) I can't do it.
    But if I do that with Dreamfields and it's 22 g of fiber that I consume with it, I can do it.
    I am a former industrial chief research chemist and a retired teacher who co-authored the Nutrition Science curriculum that's been used in the 2000's in many Mid-Atlantic high schools.
  14. Carol
    Dreamfields pasta, including lasagna noodles, is available on Amazon and from third party sellers. It's expensive, though, for what it is.
  15. Mary Lou
    They sell it at many of the larger Giant Eagles
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