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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.

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316 Comments

  1. Hi Andreas,

    like your web site and wrote about the pasta fraud on my own blog. Did you know that they had to withdraw their paper?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3161253/

    I suppose the company has some pretty important friends. Just wanted to let you know. By the way, did you made experiments with erythritol in sweden known as (Sukrin or Sötin) or Stevia? I'm living in Göteborg at the moment and these two sweeteners are very popular in the LCHF community.

    hej då

    Julia

  2. Dirk
    I've been eating dreamfields while on a low carb diet. I lost thirty-five pounds and have dreamfields once a week at least and have not gained back a pound. Try that with any other brand.
  3. Gaboman
    One simple question - if your body isn't digesting all those carbs in Dreamfields pasta, where do the 190 calories per serving come from? The cooking water?
  4. Anthony Wood
    I am a type II diabetic, and the only reason I am, is because I am overweight. Having diabetes for so long has severely damaged the nerves in my body. My neuropathy in my feet, legs, arms, and other parts of my body is excruciatingly painful. I had to give up almost completely on pasta, until DF came along. I did some rather extensive record keeping on my diabetes for several months, during which time I ate both types of pasta. I found that my neuropathy pain level is not tied to what my blood sugar level is at the time. I can can have a blood sugar over 200 and have no pain, or one of 70 and have lots of pain. I discovered the pain level often times had a direct correlation to the rate of change of my blood sugar. I used a lot of strips during this time, testing my blood sugar every 15 mins for a few hours after I ate. If it went up too quickly or even fell to quickly, I got lots of pain. In other word, it is best to keep that up and done curve like a smooth sine wave (don't upset the apple cart.)

    So here is where the DF pasta has helped. I noticed when that given equal portions, the DF pasta kept my blood sugar from going up too fast, thus less pain. With regular pasta, by blood sugar would go up much faster and cause a lot more pain. I started keeping records of the Gylcemic Load of the food I eat. DF pasta seems to have a much lower GL.

  5. Jason
    First, you are basing your assumption that blood sugar increase is a direct reflection of carb intake and nothing else. The body always has a store of glycogen that can be converted to glucose. In order to truly test a blood sugar increase, you need to take a measured amount glucose tablet and measure blood sugar increase. The increase in blood sugar divided by the tablet amount gives you a carbohydrate ratio.

    What I repeatedly hear is that many type II diabetic people eat Dreamfields pasta and note no significant increase in blood sugar. This is a more true test of the pasta's carbohydrate content than on a non-diabetic individual. In medical research your test would have zero significance. The study population is so small that the results don't tell you if Dreamfields is factual or not. Any test you perform should only give you one result.....it requires more research to come up with an answer.

  6. amy
    Very well said! Margaret You say your not a diabetic expert but you sure sound like it! I have consulted with 3 diabetic experts and they agree if YOU MUST have pasta on occasion THIS IS THE PASTA FOR YOU! I have gestational diabetes and i tried eating tiny portions of regular pasta and my sugar would SPIKE! their is a difference between Spiking and slower to process foods. This is a slow process food which MUST (just like any other carb) be consumed with protein according to all 3 experts/doctors. You shouldn't eat this every day and definitely stick to one portion along with protein your veggies etc.
    Of course it's not all digestible lots of foods including natural foods have many things that aren't digestible and your body sends it as waste.
    My perfect once a week or every other week includes ONE portion of this pasta at dinner time with some home made meat balls a tiny bit of spaghetti sauce along with a very big veggie salad with olive oil. It's delicious and my blood sugar after 1hr is under 130...if it was regular pasta in the same amount it would be 150-160
  7. Bianca
    I been using this pasta for many years .. Even in the induction phase of low carb .. I've had no problem. One serving is 5 net carbs , with induction you are to keep your carbs 0-20 per day .. It's simple just count carbs ..
    I lost 12 lbs the first week eating dream fields at least 4 days out of seven .
    Adding cheeze cheddar for Mac ..with cream n milk .
    I also had made shrimp Parmesan with cream ...
    Had no problems ...
    My doctor has said it's a excellent source of fiber ...
    Don't listen to one crazy lady who wants attention knocking this product ..
    It's great it works and its healthy ..
  8. Nascar
    WOW. It appears the only way to really know if this is working or not is to try it and test yourself.
  9. Zepp
    I think Viktorias conclusions from 2008 stand this day!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkStVTKGb7g

  10. Nick
    I have lost a total of 120 pounds on the low carb diet and I must say that this article's hastiness to label it a fraud is very irresponsible! If not for this pasta I probably would have had a way tougher time on this diet. My favorite recipe is making the angel hair pasta with olive oil, shrimp, salt, pepper, lime juice, jalapeno and some cayenne pepper. Served cold! Thank you dreamfields!!
  11. Dina
    Just want to add my two cents: My father is diabetic and my mother and I eat low-carb to keep weight off. Dreamfields is the only pasta we can eat and not get the negative effects of regular pasta. We keep the portion size close to the recommended amount, but add vegetables and things like chicken, seafood or turkey sausage for a full meal. We also usually start with a salad that might have some cheese mixed. I don't think Dreamfields is a miracle food, but it's been a sanity saver in our family.
  12. Marsha
    Just discovered Dreamfield pasta...Type II diabetic and it works for me---at last a pasta that I can enjoy : )
  13. Gillian
    I have made Dreamfields Pasta twice, both times I have suffered terrible gas and crampy stomach. I think I'll go back to avoiding pasta.
  14. Janet
    I see the pasta in the waste. It is definitely being passed.
  15. Honora
    The "test" was not true.. anyone who has diabetes knows that when you eat carbs, you are supposed to counter-balance them with protein. No wonder "the doctor's" sugar went up ... he ate it plain. If you had some meatballs with it that would have helped the sugar spike. Always have carbs with protein - could be fish, chicken, whatever protein - but it's not good to eat just pasta.
  16. Rob
    Poor Dietdoctor,

    After I saw all these comments I see the futility in educating donkeys.
    That's why all these scammers prosper, people are stupid!
    All the best in your fight against the windmills....

  17. Bliss
    I am a type 2 diabetic. I switched to DF about 3 years ago and it has been nothing but good news for me. I eat healthy foods that include DF and my A1C is way below 7.0 right where it should be. I never have negative readings after eating DF. For one thing you arent supposed to test your blood right after you eat, you should wait at least 2 hours to give your body time to digest it and your sugar to regulate. ALL food can raise your readings simply because the body has to deal with the food. If you test at the right time you will get a more accurate reading.
  18. Diane
    I own a weight loss clinic. This information was VERY helpful.
  19. My hubby is a juvenile diabetic and his doctor said unless you ARE a diabetic, you can't run these tests. Your blood sugar doesn't react the same. Yours may text differently because you're sitting around, not moving, etc. you cannot pass this off as false info when so many diabetics and clean eating people have proof it works. My hubby and I are those people. DF is the ONLY pasta he can eat and cannot put more than a couple units of insulin in. If he eats regular pasta, even wheat, he's sick as a dog with high blood sugar. I have insulin resistance (due to PCOS) and this is the only pasta I can eat and not get sick to my stomach. Try again, but your facts are not correct.
  20. CHEF FRANCO!
    WHERE IS OUR GOVERNMENT! IN ALL THIS FRAUD!!!! AMERICAN HAS BECAME A, COUNTRY OF BULL SHIT ! CAN'NT TRUST ANY ONE IN THIS MONEY GREEDY LYING COUNTRY OF YOUR'S! I'AM GOING BACK TO COSTA RICA WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE DECENT AND THE COUNTRY IS MOST BEAUTIFUL !AND THE FOOD IS REAL!!
  21. CHEF FRANCO!
    GOOD BY AMERICA ! YOU CAN KEEP IT ! AND ALL THE LIE'S THAT COME WITH IT!
  22. CHEF FRANCO!
    PEOPLE LIVING IN OAKPARK, IL , IF YOU EVER, NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL , WARNING WHAT EVER YOU DO ! DO,NOT ! DO NOT ! EVER GO TO WEST SUBURBAN HOSPITAL ! IN OALPARK,IL, TOTALLY UN, PROFESSIONAL! THE DR,'S AND THE STAFF ! HAVE NO CLASS !
    ITS A, 3RD, WORLD HOSPITAL ! WITH A, 3RD WORLD MORON'S ! ITS ALL POLITICAL!
    THE DR'S DO'NT EVEN GREED YOU AS THERE PATIENTS ! THEY THINK THERE SHIT IS ICE CREAM! ALL THEY ARE CONCERN ABOUT IS THERE PAYMENT FOR SHIT SEVICE!
    AS A, MATTER OF FACT STAY AWAY FROM BULL SHIT, WINDY BLOW IT OUT OF YOUR ASS CHICAGO! ALL TOGETHER! THE KING OF PHONIE ,BULL SHIT! THATS CHICAGO FOR YOU !
  23. CJ Johnson
    Thank you for this article. I always feel "off" after having dreamfield's pasta. I feel like the carb cravings which are mostly gone bug me for a few days, I feel bloated. I think I understand why now. I'm amazed at the people who are mad at you for posting this. I suspect they have severe carb cravings (caused by never truly completing a carb cleanse like Atkins Induction).
  24. Clancy
    Im a bit perplexed reading your article and other readers whom have tried DF and are diabetics whom claim their blood sugar seemed fine, more so than not. I also agree that the public needs to see studies with much larger sample sizes with those with diabetes and those without.

    Its a bit premature to claim that DF's product is a fraud.

  25. Zepp
  26. Nazila
    how about Shiritaki noodles...they are supposed to be low in carb and calories...what do you think of those as pasta substitute?
  27. Zepp
    I eat them self some times a year.. mostly becuse my mother want some nudels som times!

    Quite a lot of money for water and fibers.

  28. Mark
    Eat a paleo diet and you won't need to worry about this debate and your diabetes and general health will thank you many times over.

    Mark

  29. Susan b
    We just tried the pasta, elbow noodles. I made it very plain. Celery, tuna and Hellman mayo real fat. My husband of 20 yrs not belching, even did a second helping,,no sound. The next day I asked him did you have problems thru the night? No. ( I can sleep like log). He really liked it and he did not do the "extra sweet treats of mm's Or even nuts after dinner. I will do this pasta again, as I did add more Veggies the 2nd day into the salad to eat!. I cooked it just like it said. I don't like GMO stuff, and couldn't find this as a product in that category. Correct me if I am wrong in knowing that info. Otherwise, I will have this again. My husband and I are not diabetic, FYI. He didn't have problems with his "delicate constitution" believe me that is a big, BIG deal!
  30. Beverly
    I just tried the DF pasta (elbow) to make low carb mac & cheese with cauliflower and applewood bacon. Usually, regular pasta, Barilla, which tastes great always makes me bloated and gassy. I did not experience gas and bloating after eating this meal. As another commenter mentioned, the blog poster ate two servings without any protein or veggies??? And if you look at his graph comparing other "meals" he unfairly compares other meals that all included protein and veggies. So who is the fraud here. Most people do not eat this way (plain plate of pasta). At least not conscientious people. It was like he was encouraging his body to have the maximum reaction. I was so shocked to see it touted as a fraud. I didn't swell up, and I waited for this reaction, but we will have to see if I continue to lose having this pasta once or twice a week while in induction phase of low carb diet. Moderation is the key to life. If not for a pasta like this, I eat gluten free pastas as I don't have that resulting bloating from them like wheat pastas. But even gluten free pastas are high carb. This pasta gives me hope to enjoy wheat pasta occasionally.
  31. Lucie
    The author ate two servings at one sitting and did not have any veggies with it. In my opinion, he gave an unfair assessment.

    I use one serving of the Dreamfield pasta and combine it with Miracle Noodles. It's satisfying, does not negatively affect my blood sugar and I'm losing weight.

    Reply: #182
  32. Zepp
    Well.. the less one eats.. the less the blood sugar rises.

    Try to eat a half serving.. much better then a whole.

    And if you get satisfyed with that, try without any servings at all, a lot better.

    Its about one have to eat to get the calories one need.. otherwise one could drink plain water.

    If one cant eat enough for ones energy demand without geting bad blood sugar.. then one should eat somthing els.

  33. There's a lot of evil in this world, eh?

    Not that it will do the slightest good, but I just made this post on my FB page:

    What evil the people behind Dreamfields are.

    They would inflict severe medical harm on their obese and diabetic customers (amputation, blindness, death, numerous other), so they can sell more pasta, claiming it is effectively low carb when it isn't.

    I hope the people behind this fraud are imprisoned, and also sued into oblivion. But mostly imprisoned.

    Good point:

    Gaboman
    December 1 2012 16:24
    One simple question - if your body isn't digesting all those carbs in Dreamfields pasta, where do the 190 calories per serving come from? The cooking water?

  34. Gary
    Since we are all unique individuals, we all have differing needs and every person's body digests foods differently. For example, people are lactose intolerant, have food allergies, etc. Therefore, cementing your own opinion about a product based solely on this website's personal opinion is being fraudulent to yourself.
    As many people have pointed out, this "doctor" ate this pasta with no other foods and drank a glass of water. It was just "naked" pasta. Now, how many people eat just plain, "naked pasta"? Secondly, in his cute little graph, the "doctor" compared the "naked" pasta results with meals in which other foods were present. Can we say comparing apples to oranges?
    What I am saying is to try the pasta yourself. If you have a negative reaction, please refrain from using the product. Simple. DO NOT take other people's "tests" or opinions at face value and adjust your personal diet based on such. Do your due diligence, research for yourself. What works for one may not work for another. Even doctors have ulterior motives. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF!
    Reply: #185
  35. Zepp
    Well thats prove the Doctors point then.. eat less pasta or no pasta or replace it with oter foods!

    If one saying that one dont absorbe the starches as glucose.. one shoulde see this on blood sugars!

    You just saying one should eat somthing to the pasta.. thats no mesuring if the pasta is absorbed as glucose.. its about if other foods slowing the absorbtion of the glucose.. in the pasta!

    You know.. thats what GI is about.. to slower the absorbtion of glucose!

    Soo.. this is no low carb pasta.. its a GI pasta.. or mayby not even that.. its a fake!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkStVTKGb7g

  36. John C
    Great article. I have been living low carb for about 17 years. I have been eating dreamfields for about 9 or 10 years. I always feel bloated for days and if I eat a generous portion, I have gas for about 24 hours. I think that I will limit or discontinue my use of dreamfields. (I am going to test my sugar just for my peace of mind)

    Thank you,

    John C

  37. Angela
    Wow I am so glad I found this page, because it answers a whole lot of questions for me. I recently have embraced low carb eating in order to get high glucose numbers under control so I can avoid the diabetic fate that has already taken down my older brother.

    Have been doing really well, steady numbers, well below what the doctor ordered. I have not been sticking to the "rule of 45" carbs per meal, because I was embracing the meat/fish/veggies/butter as you have. I know that carbs are poison to me, as a bit too many and I'm into wicked cravings for more and more and more.

    Then.... the diabetes educator gave me a coupon for some dreamfields pasta, so I had an evening meal of one serving plus a salad and a bit of sauce. That evening, I had an attack of carb cravings, something that hasn't happened to me since starting my sensible eating plan. I did not give into it and pushed through without anything else to eat that evening. My 2 hour after meal glucose reading was 141..... 45 points higher than it has been. My morning fasting glucose was 112, which is 15-25 points higher than it had been. Additionally, that morning I woke up with my HEAD POUNDING like a bass drum.

    Until I found this page, I really did not understand the numbers I got, since that pasta supposedly had added "only 5 grams" of carbs to my plate. Now I know that what I experienced is exactly what will happen if one pretends that there is such a thing as healthy low carb junk food (that's what pasta is to me).

    Thank you for this great analysis, it has gone even further to educate me as I regulate my glucose and stay healthy.

  38. Heidi
    JUst wanted to add a quick story:

    A friend had me watch her type 1 diabetic daughter ... I am type 2 and she felt comfortable with me watching her. She was maybe 8 at the time. When I told my friend what i was serving for dinner, I showed her the dreamfields pasta box ... trying to explain to her that she needed to bolus her daughter for the actual claim on the box ... my friend did not believe me - so calculated the amount of insulin for her daughter according to her usual standards ...

    Unfortunately - an hour after eating - the girl was crashing fast, and had a blood sugar of 34. We gave her appropriate food - but I have to say - the above article is irresponsible at the least, and inflammatory at the most.

    I have not had the negative impact from dreamfields that i have had from any other pasta .... and when the man above complained about his sugar going up to - what ;160? good grief - he ate 115 grams and it ONLY got up that high ... seems like a "win" in any context.

    ANyway - thought I'd share.

  39. weaselspleen
    Anecdotal evidence that you know someone who it helps, or that it's helped you, without providing factual evidence to support your claims is meaningless.
    Was this a thorough scientific test? No, because there was only one subject. But at least he bothered to take measurements and do the actual math involved.

    Dreamfields is the one making the claim that most of the carbs in their product are not absorbed. They are obligated to provide proof for this claim in the form of rigorous scientific research.
    In 9 years, they have failed to do so.

    Put up or shut up, Dreamfields.

    The fact that Dreamfields was able to get the NIH research paper which contradicts their claims withdrawn tells me they don't have any real proof. If they did, they would present it as a counter argument.

  40. Caleb Coburn
    I started back eating a lower carb diet as well as df 12 weeks ago. I had gone back to high carb eating and had balloned up to 308lbs and was borderline diabetic. I eat df once or twice a week with protein and veggies and have lost 60lbs so far and I am no longer borderline diabetic. I agree with the others, the studies were not conducted in a logical or factual manner. I do mot suffer any stomach discomfort or flatulence which makes my wife happy indeed. Df pasta has made living a low carb lifestyle even easier.
  41. gwhiz
    My body is very sensitive to carbohydrates and I gain weight easily when I eat them. I've done low carb and maintained my weight by reducing carbs. I lost weight and was able to maintain using Dreamfields pasta several times a week. It may be a fraud, but my body believes in it, too!! LOL
  42. Dreamer
    Tossing my own unscientific observation into the ring. Sample size: 2 (spouse & self). I have lost 15-35 pounds of weight about four times over fifteen years whilst eating fewer carbs for a few weeks, but still having hefty enough portions. The last couple of times that I did it, I used this product rather frequently. No problem losing then, even in induction, as another poster said. My wife cannot lose weight on this diet, whether she eats Dreamfields or not, and she does not cheat. People are strange things. Maybe the study was withdrawn because the researchers used only 20 people. Sounds inadequate. Also, aren't slow carbs "better" than fast ones, depending on what one is attempting? My wife, who is extremely fit, simply doesn't like giving up carbs, so her long-term successful approach is to include moderate portions of healthy complex carbs.
  43. Deborah Krueger
    As usual, the Doctor is right.

    On July 22nd, less than two months ago, a class action suit was filed by two high powered law firms, one in NYC, NY and the other in Wayne, PA. Mirakay et al. v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-04429, D. NJ. The PDF filing is 321 pages but it is only the first 48 that need be read. This is so well worth reading, it is terrific.

    The law firm ZAREMBA BROWNELL & BROWN, PLLC has an address at 40 Wall Street owned by The Trump Company and occupies the 27th floor. We aren’t talking peanuts here.

    And just yesterday September 16th, 2013 it was announced that Post Holdings (your basic post toasties) is buying Dakota Growers for 370 million dollars and again, not peanuts. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/glencore-dakota-growers-idU...

    This ought to be interesting I’d say and if I had to make a bet, I’d bet AGAINST Dreamfields. I too did a glucose test with Dreamfields which can be seen at my take on all of this at http://low-carb-scams.com/offending-companies/dreamfields-or-nightmares/

    Deborah Krueger

  44. Deborah Krueger
    Oh Rats,

    For some reason the first link doesn’t show as a link. You can either copy and paste it in Google or the link is on the bottom of the Dreamfields page on my website.

    Sorry,

    Deborah

  45. ggggg
    Its number 4!
  46. pat
    Your diet would kill me in a month, maybe a week. I was diabetic first and went on a diet like yours. Six months later I had my first heart attack. It damaged my heart so bad I can no longer work. You think I should eat 3 times the saturated fats I'm supposed to instead of a slow absorption rate pasta with vegetables and a low fat protein? Your test of replacing your entire meal with carbs and then saying it didn't satisfy you misses the point that the pasta is supposed to be a carbohydrate side dish, not the only thing you eat. The slow absorption rate is important in keeping your blood sugars from spiking too fast. Also, as mentioned previously the study cited was pulled. Not because the company had connections, but because there was an issue with the data collection. I really don't care what diet you or anyone else want to eat, but I don't like articles and "studies" done with a axe to grind.
  47. Joe Belair
    Well, no one seems to have mentioned the 'pee sticks' which is what I have gone by since I started this 5 or 10 years ago. Dreamfields does not have an impact on the sticks...or my weight and I eat 3 or 4 pasta meals weekly and in many different dishes.
    Whether it is a rip off or not, it helps me as otherwise the diet would be much more difficult and boring.
    I too questioned the net carb thing but, as I said earlier, the sticks say it is OK..for me.

    Low carbing is getting easier as there are now many low calorie 'light' breads in our local supermarkets-Country Time being one that has many varieties., While I don't eat a lot of bread, the 7 net carbs per slice allow me to stay under my 50 per day, which is my self imposed limit.
    I really am confused by Dreamfields, I do use the Low Carb Breyers too and have had no issues. Some of the super alcohol sweetened products do have issues so I stay away from them.
    Thanks Dr Atkins!

  48. brian
    Chef Franco is an idiot. Go back to Costa Rica. This is the best country in the world. A lot of people died for this country. I know this is a conversation about pasta but I won't stand for idiots bashing my country.
  49. Papa D
    This is all well and good, but why not compare it to other pastas? You used everything but for your personal results.

    I was skeptical as well, but doing my own test, regular pasta sent me to 220. The DF put me around 145. Both after an hour. I didn't check too long after since I went to bed, lol. I'm a recently diagnosed diabetic and my numbers are still high, but clearly there is a difference between this and regular pasta. I haven't had both in recent time frames to see a repeat, but the DF has not made me go really high yet.

    I don't see how there is a scam here. It either works or it doesn't and it's instantly provable. Why anyone feels the need to have a study to prove this is silly. It's made primarily for diabetics, ya know, the ones that actually test their sugar everyday. How would they expect to hide it? My only gripe is it's cost is more than double what my regular pasta costs. I seem to find coupons though whenever I need them.

  50. Joe Belair
    I am not a diabetic so the only testing I can do are the sticks and they too show that Dreamfields works--I just don't really understand nor do i have to.
    Without it I would be 2 or 3 pants sized larger!
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