michelle1960ga

Q:

Is Dreamfield Pasta all that it promises to be? Can I eat a cup and keep my blood sugars under control?

Amy Campbell

A:

Like “regular” pasta, Dreamfields pasta is made from durum wheat semolina. However, Dreamfields pasta is specially made to prevent digestive enzymes from digesting the starch in the pasta. According to the manufacturer, this process “protects” most of the carbohydrate from breaking down into glucose in the digestive tract and thus, the effect on blood glucose is much less than traditional pasta. A 2-ounce serving of Dreamfields pasta contains 41 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of fiber. Of those 41 grams of carb, 31 grams are considered to be “protected,”, meaning that you can subtract them from the 41 grams of total carbohydrate, along with the 5 grams of fiber, leaving you with 5 grams of “digestible carbohydrate.” The pasta also has a lower glycemic index compared to regular pasta (13 vs. 38). However, a study of 10 subjects (who did not have diabetes) showed an identical rise in blood glucose after they ate Dreamfields pasta compared to eating regular pasta. As with any food, especially any food that contains carbohydrate, it’s always a good idea to check your blood glucose about 2 hours after you eat it and see how that food affects your own blood glucose. Everyone is different.

January 15, 2013 at 11:59 am