Monday, April 27, 2009

Oh, The PASTA-bilities!

I was told about the following company and its food by a friend of mine; she happens to be a Diabetes Nurse Educator and Author, so I have confidence in her recommendations but like always, consult with your own nurse educator for specific advice. The article is taken directly from the company’s website Dreamfields Foods and it’s definitely worth reading and exploring. Thanks Tammi!

Diabetes and Dreamfields? Discover the Pasta-bilities.

One of the most prevalent myths that comes with a diabetes diagnosis it that you will never be able to enjoy many of your favorite foods again, pasta being one of them. That’s simply not true! While you do need to control carbohydrate, calorie, and fat intake, and make sensible food choices, Dreamfields pasta can be part of your healthful eating plan.
It Really Is Possible For People With Diabetes To Eat Dreamfields Pasta...
Dreamfields has per serving (2 ounces dry, about 5 ounces cooked):

All of these qualities translate into a lower blood glucose rise after eating Dreamfields as compared to eating the same amount of traditional white pasta. You can truly have your Dreamfields pasta and enjoy it too...without feeling guilty or compromising blood glucose control.

Carbohydrate: Back to the Basics.
People with pre-diabetes and diabetes pay a lot of attention to carbohydrate because it is the primary determinant of post-meal blood glucose levels. Carbohydrate is one of the three building blocks that make up all the foods you eat. The other two are protein and fat. Whether or not you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, carbohydrate is an important part of a healthy eating plan because carbohydrate-rich foods provide energy, fiber and important vitamins and minerals. Everybody (even people with pre-diabetes or diabetes) needs to eat some carbohydrate each day. In fact, the average minimum daily amount of carbohydrate recommended, or the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance), is 130 grams/day.With only 5 grams of digestible carbohydrate per serving (2 ounces dry, about 5 ounces cooked), Dreamfields pasta can easily fit into most meal-time carbohydrate goals.*

*Whether enjoying Dreamfields pasta or other foods, consumers with diabetes must carefully monitor blood glucose and have frequent contact with their physician to maintain good health.To create a healthful eating plan for your individual needs, consult with a qualified educated dietician.


Jill said...

We've tried this pasta :) It's very good but it has to cook a little bit longer than normal pasta. Kacey likes cold pasta salads and when I tried to make it with this, the noodles were a little "tougher" than regular pasta. But when it's's delish :D !

Joanne said...

I bought a box of this but still haven't opened it because I'm a little unsure of what a "digestable carb" is. So are they saying that in a serving there are only 5g of carbs and not the 41g that is usually in a serving of pasta? So if I were to give this to Elise, how many carbs do I count? I've read through their website and still don't have a clear idea. Other parents of kids with D say they count the whole 41g, but then I wonder what the point of this pasta is?

Does that even make sense? Sorry about the rambling, I'd just love to figure this out, since pasta is one of Elise's favourite foods.