Okay, long story short: When I got up this morning after eating my dinner of a pasta dish made with Dreamfields Pasta
, my Ketostix test strips were still turning dark purple, indicating that I am still deep in ketosis - that is, burning my own fat for energy, not carbs. This is the goal I strive for as a matter of course, and I shun anything that kicks me out of it - basically, eating too many carbs.
Now, I ate one full serving (as per the box) of the Dreamfields Penne Rigate (all that was available at the local store I went to). The recipe was:
Two servings (dry, 4 oz total) of Dreamfields pasta (boiled almost al dente).
Eight ounces bacon ends and pieces, diced roughly.
One can chopped tomatoes (Costco brand).
Handful of dried mushrooms (Costco).
Tablespoon chopped dehydrated onions.
Garlic powder (to taste).
Red chili flakes (to taste).
Italian seasoning (to taste).
Note that all of this is from Long Term Storage, except for the bacon - although I keep a hundred pounds or so in the freezer that is hooked up to the solar power system.
Set aside the partly cooked pasta.
Fry the bacon in a pan until the fat comes up and the bacon carmelizes slightly.
Add the tomatoes, half a tomato can of water, the mushrooms, the onions, and the seasonings.
Simmer until the mushrooms and onions have reconstituted, the spices are well absorbed, and the liquid has cooked down a bit.
The next is a trick I picked up from several SF chefs a couple of years ago: Add the partly cooked pasta to the sauce and let it finish cooking there.
This serves to infuse the pasta with the flavors of the sauce, and thicken the sauce itself.
I ate half of this for dinner last night. It was delicious. I can't tell the difference between the Dreamfields product, and regular pasta, except for the price. The Dreamfields is spendier than what I bought and sealed in Super Pails for LTS.
The portion of pasta I ate had, according to the box, 41 total carbs, of which 5 were fiber, and 31 were what they called "protected," leaving a total of 5 "digestible" carbs.
After dinner last night, I did some research on Dreamfields, and ran across several lo-carb diet sites that said it was a fraud. Their methodology was to eat a serving and plot their blood glucose over several hours after the meal.
I don't care about blood sugar, only about keeping myself in ketosis, but even so, I was worried after reading these reports. But I easily stayed in ketosis. 41 carbs minus 5 carbs fiber (fiber carbs don't count for much in lo carb calculations - you can basically ignore them) leaves 36. Add to that the carbs in the tomatoes, the dried onions, the mushrooms, etc., and the total about 50, way more than enough to kick me out of ketosis almost immediately after eating.
So, apparently, those "protected" carbs really aren't digested. At any rate, now I can eat pasta (within reason) and stay on my diet. Great news for me!