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Dreamfields or Nightmares

Dreamfields Pasta

This company’s pasta products are perhaps the most successfully falsely advertised low carb foods on the market today.  They have permeated literally everywhere.  I say falsely advertised because the actual FDA required nutritional label is correct.  The label indicates 36g net carbs per 56g serving.  The problem is the advertised “protected carbs”. To be continued…On July 22, 2013 a class action lawsuit was filed against the makers and sellers of Dreamfields Pasta for false advertising.  Please see Mirakay et al. v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-04429, D. NJ.  Only the first 48 pages need be perused and you will get the gist of things.

HUGE NEWS!   Dreamfields Low-Carb Pasta Maker Reaches $8M Class Action Settlement

Update: 07/16/14 To file your claim go to www.dreamfieldssettlement.com

 Law360, New York (April 15, 2014, 12:39 PM ET) — Post Holdings Inc. unit Dakota Growers Pasta Co. has agreed to spend $7.9 million and change the labeling on Dreamfields Pasta to settle class claims of falsely hawking the brand as containing fewer digestible carbohydrates than traditional pasta, according to settlement papers filed Monday.  For Complete Text Please See PDF  Dreamfields Pasta Lawsuit 

Consumers will be reimbursed for Dreamfields purchases dating back to February 2004 under the terms of the deal, with overall claims capped at $5 million. Dakota will not oppose a $2.9 million fee award for the plaintiffs attorneys that will be paid..and here is the link to the Preliminary Settlement and Brief.  It’s a doozie.  All you people who were poisoned for years?…you can get back 29.85.  This was probably not your finest health investment. http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/pasta-deal.pdf

New Dreamfields LabelOld Dreamfields Label

 A huge problem as I see it. Can you see the difference in the labels? Not much and I seriously doubt most others will either. Click on the pictures and have a good look for yourself. The label on the left is the new one (13.25 oz.) and the label on the right is the old one (16 oz.) and apparently they are still allowed to call the pasta “Healthy Carb Living” which is absolutely disgusting. Dreamfields is allowed to use the same colorful packaging, it is still familiar to past customers, and “Healthy Carb Living” is attractive to any new prospective customer. How many millions of diabetics who eat this s*#t will continue? How many newly diagnosed diabetics (5,200 daily) will be drawn to this product? How many diabetics will never hear about the all but settled class action lawsuit? My guess…not many which means a whole lot of people (old and new) will continue poisoning themselves with this product. Dreamfields packaging is called “Product Recognition” (or branding) and boy oh boy is it so very important to every company.  Think McDonald’s yellow arches, Apple’s apple, Nike’s swoosh or Twitter’s bird. We all know and recognize these logos and it is my opinion the lawsuit missed this completely. On purpose? I don’t know and one can only hope not.

McDonald's LogoApple LogoTwitter Bird LogoPepsi LogoStarbucks LogoCoka Cola LogoNike Swoosh LogoBP Logo

 

 

    Dreamfield Low Carb Fiction“Protected Carbs”?  Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt aka The DietDoctor pretty well sums things up:  http://www.dietdoctor.com/the-dreamfields-pasta-fraud  Does anyone out there know what a “Protected Carb” is?  I will tell you…it’s crap.  “Protected Carbs” is something Dreamfields made up…a fanciful pie in the sky if pigs could fly hoax, or as the good Doctor might put it “another fairy tale”. Dreamfields has been poisoning diabetics one portion (or more likely two) at a time for nearly 10 years. Dreamsfields Linguine Nutritional LabelTake a good look at the FDA required nutritional facts label.  Just the facts ma’am.  Nowhere in the actual required label does it show or say anything about “protected carbs”.  That stuff is off to the side and as we all should know a food company may say any fanciful or lying through their teeth thing they want to anywhere on a package outside of the nutrition label and Dreamfields has certainly taken full advantage of this. Pipe DreamIf you are eating these products you are smokin’ a pipe dream and delusion is the name of your game.  It is my best guess you are eating about double (112g) the measly two ounce (56g) portion stated on the label as a serving and taking in somewhere north of 70g net carbs.  For Pete’s sake if you want to eat pasta, by all means eat it but why not buy a less expensive pasta?  It is pretty much all the same.  I have made scratch pasta many, many times and there are 3 basic ingredients:  Semolina Flour, Egg, and a Pinch of Salt. Barilla LabelMake up your own mind which you would like to eat because pasta is pasta is pasta whether it is falsely advertised Dreamfields with a couple of FrankenFood ingredients added or Barilla, Ronzoni, De Cecco, American Beauty, or Creamette. This is a paper regarding Dreamfields Pastas published with the ncbi (National Center for Biotechnology Information which is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine) in conjunction with the nih (National Institutes of Health and Human Services), and an agency of the U.S. Department of Health.  Frank Q. Nuttall, MD, PHD,1,2 Mary C. Gannon, PHD,1,2,3 and Heidi Hoover, RD, M http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3024385/ Shelley Schlender interview with Nuttall/ Gannon on Dreamfields http://www.meandmydiabetes.com/2012/10/13/nuttall-gannon-dreamfield-pasta-low-carb-maybe-not-interview-includes-transcript/ If ever you have the time, and I mean a long time, read the information listed here http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8128977.PN.&s2=20120306.PD.&OS=PN/8128977+AND+ISD/3/6/2012&RS=PN/8128977+AND+ISD/3/6/2012  This patent took them from the filing date of October 18, 2004 until March 6, 2012 and it means nothing.  Anyone who has the money and enough time can get a US patent and that is all it is-a patent.  It does not mean it is low carb or has anything called “protected carbs”.  A patent protects you from another company making essentially the same product and why would anyone infringe on this patent (See Breaking News at bottom of Julian Bakery Page regarding real patent infringement) when mankind has been making pasta since the late 1200’s and some say even before this. As you scroll through the above it is so much attorney science psycho babble and it looks as though they may not be listing all of the ingredients they are using.  If you get to it, it appears they may be using some of those Frankenfoods I will talk about. You can also Google Patent # 38898908 to read even further. If you don’t (or can’t) read all of the report at least read the garbled crapola in The Summary Of The Invention.  This will give you a good idea of what is in these products.  They talk of a “Food Film Network” and I ask you what is a “Food Film Network”?  Google that and see what you come up with-I can’t find anything but Dreamfields garbola.

Dreamfields Food StylingDreamfields President Mike Crowley speaks gobbledygook with Jimmy Moore http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/dreamfields-president-mike-crowley-we-stand-behind-the-nutritional-claims-of-our-product/10785  There are three 15 minute pod casts.  This guy is so, so full of it.  A fraudster if ever I heard one.  Maybe we should think of this fella as Peter Madoff, “Bernie’s” brother.  This picture of Dreamfields pasta is a stylized plastic model and about as real as “protected carbs”.

Rachael RayTo this day Dreamfields has not done or published any studies using diabetics. You can listen (ad nauseum) to Mike Crowley, celebrity chefs, diabetic dieticians, and others anywhere on the internet touting the benefits of Dreamfields but you should ask yourself this question:  Are these people being paid somehow?  Rachael Ray is one endorser and she is paid for everyMoney Where Your Mouth Is product she touts and there are many…Dunkin Donuts anyone? This is a list of the top 10 Celebrity Chefs earnings for 2011-notice where Rachael Ray fits in and you can bet she (or any of the others) gets paid for everything that comes out of their mouths regarding any product.  Its MONEY, MONEY and more MONEY and yes, MONEY truly does have a voice of it’s own.

  1. Gordon Ramsay, $38 million
  2. Rachael Ray, $25 million
  3. Wolfgang Puck, $20 million
  4. Paula Deen, $17 million
  5. Mario Batali, $13 million
  6. Alain Ducasse, $12 million
  7. Todd English, $11 million
  8. Nobu Matsuhisa, $10 million
  9. Bobby Flay, $9 million
  10. Guy Fieri, $8 million

At one time I was going to have these products lab tested and then realized; they are not falsely labeled, only falsely advertised.  I have done what many others before me have done-I have tested them on myself.

I want to emphasize that I DO NOT inject insulin and I DO NOT take any diabetic drugs which in my opinion makes me a perfect guinea pig to test any supposed low carb product.

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June 2, 2013 Purchased From Albertsons

After eating 56g (recommended serving size) notice how very slowly my blood glucose levels came down-6 hours.  I don’t know about you and the carbs may be “protected” but me, I don’t feel so protected.  The way to stay protected?…don’t eat Dreamfields pastas. Think Dreamfields doesn’t target diabetics?-Well think again.  This is an ad directed at me on Google: Yummy Pasta for Diabetics‎ www.dreamfieldsfoods.com/Coupon Dreamfields Taste Will Win You Over Low Glycemic Pasta, Only 5g Carbs  This link is no longer active.

And oh yeah, September 16th, 2013 it was announced that Post Holdings (your basic Post Toasties) is buying Dakota Growers for 370 million dollars, not exactly peanuts.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/glencore-dakota-growers-idUSWLA007NV20130916  I wonder if the new Post cereals will be made from Dreamfields “special protected carbs” process now. Why didn’t the FTC go after this company years ago? It seemed to me it was inevitable, that at some point, a lawsuit would be filed. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Jimmy Moore, and Laura Dolson  are all cited in the lawsuit and I have contacted the law firm with my own information.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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Deborah Krueger

Deborah KruegerMy name is Deborah Krueger, I am 69 years old, a diabetic, and I live in Portland, OR.

My (real) working life was in all phases of the restaurant business.  Until a year ago, I had been making quilts for ten years, selling them to people around the world.  You may see many of these quilts at www.kingsizequilts.com

In 1972 my parents, already in their early 50’s, opened The House of Health in Greensboro, NC and had it for over 20 years.  They are gone now but that store is in the same location and is still in my family today, owned and operated by one of my parents’ grandsons.  My brother and sister-in-law have two health food stores, one in Winston-Salem, NC and the second in Cana, VA.  Most of my adult life has revolved around food in some way.

I was a chef most of my foodie life and it has been very easy for me to take most recipes and make them LCHF so I hope you at least enjoy reading the recipes and certainly trying some of them. Some may look more complicated than others but really, most come together quickly. I use lots of herbs & spices and tried a lot of them with my restaurant customers so I know they are good…Please Enjoy.

Low Carb Food PyramidMy life took a drastic turn when on September 17th, 2010 I was served with the diagnosis of diabetes.  Starting that day I began a food diary and testing my glucose levels 3-4 times a day.  Though I now know pretty much what I can and cannot eat, to this day I still diary all of my food and test 2-3 times a day.  I wanted the opportunity to see if I could turn this around with diet.  I was 5’6” and weighed 175 lbs which, though not grossly overweight, was way too much.  I lost 40 lbs. and have maintained 135lbs-137lbs. for the last six and half years.  In the past year and a half I have lost an additional 15 lbs. and am now down to a very respectable 120 lbs.  I have chosen a low carb lifestyle which may not be for everyone but it has worked very well for me.  When faced with taking medication or worse, injecting insulin, I wanted to try controlling my diabetes with what I ate and to this day, I am very carbohydrate sensitive and drug and insulin free.  The food I eat are the recipes posted.

If you are interested, all my personal statistics are listed and charted on Odds & Ends
And Personal Statistics

American Diabetes AssociationI do not adhere to much of anything the American Diabetes Association advocates and I certainly do not believe eating “whole grains” is the answer to anything but your lifestyle and what you chose is your business.  This is not about what I believe.  The whole purpose of this website is to expose the (dis)honest and false labeling of internet food products directly targeted and marketed to diabetics and the low carb community so that informed decisions may be made.  Some of these products have managed to infiltrate themselves everywhere. (Think Julian Bakery  Dreamfields Pastas and Eatrite Foods

Toilet PaperThe above label says the diabetes resource you can trust?  I say, would you trust this toilet paper?  Well not me baby, not me, but I think I would trust the toilet paper before I would trust the ADA.  When you put your trust in what they say you will be put on & stay on drugs for the rest of your life.  Is that what you want?  A drugged up life?  Well, it was not what I wanted and I put my diabetes in my own hands where it remains almost 7 years since being diagnosed. No drugs for this old chicky-at least not yet.

This chart is taken from the ADA website.  Are you kidding me 180 1-2 hours after eating?

Glycemic control  
A1C 7%
Preprandial plasma glucose (before a meal) 70–130 mg/dl
Postprandial plasma glucose (1-2 hours after beginning of the meal)*  <180 mg/dl

In the early 1970’s when the original late Dr. Atkins’ book appeared I thought the premise made sense and I tried it.  My weight as the time was what I weight now-135lbs.  I went from this weight to 118 lbs and being the idiotic 24 year old that I was, I thought I looked great while my friends were telling me I was too thin.  When I started eating (normally?) again I went back up to about 130lbs. which I maintained for many years.  Yes, I worked in and owned restaurants and it was also a demanding life and my weight seemed to stay in check without much thought.  Things changed for me at about age 60.  The reasons could be many but as we age our metabolisms slow and so did mine and in conjunction, I was living a more sedate (sane) life making quilts.  I slowly (it is always slowly) gained weight.  Today, I can pretty much eat as much as I want.  I use heavy cream (40%) by the half gallon and so much butter, coconut oil, and olive oil that it is almost obscene.  Because of my life’s involvement with food, and my vast repertoire of recipes, it has been very easy for me to convert just about any recipe to low carb.  I have listed a few of my favorite things under recipes.  I feel so, so grateful that as a chef, I can so easily cook.  Too many people struggle with the business of work and/or children that they don’t have time to cook and in far too many cases they don’t know how to cook.

MetforminDiabetes is a progressive disease and rarely is the person taking drugs or injecting insulin ever able to get off them.

Something to remember as you look at my personal glucose testing results of various products dotted throughout this site:  I have never taken either oral drugs or injected insulin so I am a perfect diabetic candidate to test any purported low carb food item.  Many diabetics, when on one medication or another, can and do eat many carbs at a time.  The medications they take are designed to allow this.  If a non-diabetic tests a product and their insulin systems are working well they will not see an appreciably significant blood glucose increase.  I have a dear friend who can easily eat 75-100 carbs at a time and her glucose level stays within 20-30mg/dL of what it was before she started eating and is then back down from her small increase within 1-1½ hours.  She has what’s called very tight glucose control.  When you see different people on the internet who have tested various supposed low carb products it is very important to know if they are diabetic and if they are, do they take medication or inject insulin.  Otherwise any product can indeed be stated and tested as low carb and not actually be.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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