But before you get the recipe, I want to tell you about the pasta and my little experiment. So let's talk about Dreamfields Pasta. Even though the nutrition label looks exactly the same as normal pasta, they have something called Protected Carbohydrates which reduces the total digestible carb count to a ridiculously low number. How does that work, exactly?
From the Dreamfields website:
While the total number of carbohydrates is the same as traditional pasta, our patent-pending formula and unique manufacturing process protects all but 5 grams of carbohydrates from being digested. The Dreamfields fiber and protein blend creates a protective barrier to reduce starch digestion in the small intestine. The unabsorbed, or protected carbohydrates then pass to the colon where they are fermented, providing the same health benefits as fiber. Dreamfields Pasta is the only pasta clinically shown to have a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta . (Dreamfields GI=13; traditional pasta GI=38). This blend also protects all but 5 grams of the carbohydrates per serving from being digested and therefore lessens post-meal blood glucose rise as compared to traditional pasta. We carefully monitor and clinically test our pasta on healthy people to ensure accuracy of its stated GI level.
OK, you all know me well, right? I'm the biggest skeptic there is! If I don't understand the science behind something, I won't accept it until I figure it out. And since this manufacturing process is "patent-pending" the Dreamfields folks they don't give much detailed information about how it actually happens - just that it works and that they've tested it, etc.
Here's what a nutrition label looks like on the elbow macaroni I bought for this recipe:
Obviously they have to list the traditional nutrition stats on the label until the FDA gives them permission to do otherwise. So it looks like you're getting the full 41g of carbs with each 2oz serving and a whopping 190 calories. But if you do the math and calculate calories based on the claimed digestible carb count, then you're at:
Fat 1g = 9 calories
Carbs = 5g = 20 calories
Protein = 7g = 28 calories
Total = 57 calories
So I decided to give it a try with my own blood glucose levels and see what happens. I ate 2oz of pasta (measured dry, then cooked according to the box) and added just a bit of extra virgin olive oil for flavor and sprinkled in some Italian Seasoning mixed herbs. I started on empty - hadn't eaten anything for 3.5 hours before this experiment. I tested my blood sugar and this is what I found:
- Before eating - 77
- 30 minutes after - 134
- 60 minutes after - 118
- 90 minutes after - 115
Side Note -- 2oz of pasta was not very much food for someone 3 years post-op. It was barely enough to pass as a small snack for my mature pouch. So right after that last blood test, I went and found some real food to satisfy this hunger. :-)
And what does this mean for you? It means new types of recipes will be coming your way... including the one pictured above - the One Pot Dinner which I'll post in a day or so.