Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Low-carb food review: Dreamfields pasta: Spaghetti and Penne

Coming from an Italian family, and with a mom whose homemade speciality is spaghetti sauce, you can imagine how hard that would be to deal with on a low-carb lifestyle. I'm not exactly sure how, but between amazon reviews and Jimmy Moore's interview with the founder, Dreamfields looked like a really promising product. It's not very available in my area, but the fact it's even available at all shows it's pretty widespread. While not available at my #1 grocery store, Walmart, (Don't judge, my parents choose where to grocery shop, not me.) it managed to take up 2 tiny spaces in the pasta aisle at my Albertson's, so I had to grab it up.

The only two available cuts were the spaghetti, and the penne. The penne is actually cut pretty thick, but otherwise they just seem like regular noodles. If anything I would advise during the first few times you cook up some Dreamfields, to test with your own palate how long to cook each cut. The times on the box don't do it for me. According to me preference for al dente, it tells me to overcook my spaghetti and slightly under cook my penne. So I'd advise doing your own taste test to find the right cooking time for you.

Most people can very much tolerate Dreamfields, but if you are diabetic, tread with caution. There are a few select people who can't tolerate Dreamfields because of a glucose spike, but they are few and far between.

Taste: Wow. By some kind of scientific, patent-pending miracle, me and my parents all liked the flavor and texture of this pasta. It does, in fact, taste "real." My Dad, usually hating any kind of alternative healthy food, asked me, intrigued, "What is this made out of?"

Because of the high fiber and protein content of the pasta, it's very satiating. Coming from someone who used to eat spaghetti portions half the size of basketballs, that means something. Of course the normal serving size, 2 oz or 6.5 per box, is BS to me, a 13.25 oz box of pasta managed to feed 3 hungry people, and we all had to stuff it in and have fullness-groans afterward.

Price: Averages at my Albertson's at $3 per 13.25 oz box.

Ingredients: The flavor and texture mimic that of normal pasta. Which isn't surprising due to the fact Dreamfields is made with semolina wheat, just like normal pasta. But according to the box, "Dreamfields' patent pending formula and unique manufacturing process creates a matrix within the pasta, protecting 31 grams of carbohydrates from being digested." The ingredients are mostly semolina wheat and added fibers and proteins, none of them from soy. Hooray!

Recommend?: Yes, yes, yes. Dreamfields is the saving grace of the Italian low-carber, or even anyone who loves white pasta but considers it unhealthy and easy to binge on.

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