me to make him for dinner, he'll say "lasagna". Ask my oldest daughter and her answer will be "chicken parmesan with penne". Aubrey, my 3 year old granddaughter "loves spaghetti".
I love pasta. I enjoy a plate of spaghetti and meatballs with a lovely sauce. I also love lasagna with a nice ceasar salad. However, pasta does not always love me. My blood sugars sometimes tend to soar a couple hours after eating pasta. I don't usually have any bread, be it garlic bread or rolls, with my meals. Not a big bread eater. So the only thing causing this rise is the pasta.
I've noticed advertising on some of the blogs I read for a "low carb pasta".
A while ago I tried to see if I could find a store that sold it in Canada. At that time, I wasn't able to find it anywhere in Canada.
Well for some reason, this "low carb dilema" came back to me the other day. I was actually looking for a sugar-free pop that we sell at work, called Zevia. We only sell it in single cans so I was looking for a place that sold it by the case. I came across an online store here in Ontario. http://thelowcarbgrocery.com You can purchase online and they will deliver or you can go into their store. The store is a little less than 2hrs from my home. My husband, the truck driver, goes to Markham a couple times a week so I was contemplating having him drop in and pick up some for me. It is made with Stevia, is all natural and comes in lots of flavours.
While perusing their product list, I came across the very pasta that I had previously looked for! Dreamfields Pasta. Claiming to have only "5grams of net carbs". Hmmmm. Net carbs. What exactly are net carbs?? I looked at the nutrition label on the package. I must say I was a little confused. If you look to the right of the Nutrition Facts there is something called "Carbohydrate facts". When looking between the two, I see the Total Carbs and the Fiber, but I don't see anything called "Protected Carbs". What exactly are they and where do I find them on the label.
Turns out that "protected carbs" are, according to Dreamfields,
According to the Carbohydrate Facts on their boxes of pasta, they have found 31grams of these "protected carbs". This is done, apparently through their "patented formula and unique manufacturing process" which "protects all but 5 grams of carbohydrates from being digested."
So, if my glucose usually goes up after eating regular pasta and bolusing according to the number of carbs per serving (which by the way is approx 63gr per serving), did that mean that I would only bolus for 5gr of carbs per serving? Didn't seem possible. More research.
I googled "bolusing for Dreamfield pasta" and found numerous results. One from a forum topic at TuDiabetes. Another here from a pump forum. Most people had various results. Some bolused for the full amount of carbs on the box, and some for just the 5gr of carbs. Some went high and some went low. Some mentioned that they stayed "in range" for the first couple hours and then spiked at hour 4-5.
I may have to send my hubby to this Low Carb Grocery after all. I'll get him to grab me some all natural 0 calorie 0 carb pop, and some Dreamfields Pasta. I'll give it a try myself. I'll bolus using the full carb reading on the box. Take some BG readings and then a week later, I'll do it again only bolusing for the 5gr of "net carbs" and see what happens. I'll keep you posted.
Have any of you tried this brand of pasta? Do you use it regularly? How do you bolus for it? I'm interested in any feedback, good or bad.