Low-Carb Fail? (Part 1)

Seen at San Francisco International Airport while looking for something acceptable to eat (me = protein snob).

I found this confusing because a whole-wheat tortilla, while marginally less terrible for you than a white four tortilla (not by much), is pretty much the opposite of low-carb.

I checked the ingredients to see if they were using some space-age carbless wheat flour, but it looks like plain old regular-stregth wheat flour.

The company website (there was no nutrition info on the package) says there are 9 grams of carbs in the sandwich.  A whole-wheat tortilla has 20 grams of carbs. I wonder if the San Francisco Soup Company is doing the same thing as Dreamfields Pasta, with their patent-pending “protected” carbs that you “don’t digest.” Your body supposedly just passes these protected carbs straight through you without absorbing them.

This doesn’t quite work as intended. Dreamfields Pasta has been shown to spike insulin just as much as regular pasta — because that’s what it is, patent pending process notwithstanding. It’s pasta with an industrial processing gimmick applied to it, and processing gimmicks tend to have…unexpected results. Remember Olestra? Frito-Lay had some serious apologizing to do for that laundry bill.

The idea of blocking any nutrients from absorption seems unwise to me. I’d much rather eat something else than a hyperprocessed food that’s been “improved’ by industry (though admittedly, with my flight minutes away, I grabbed and ate the thing).

I shot SF Soup Company an email asking them their secret. I’ll update when they reply.

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3 Responses to Low-Carb Fail? (Part 1)

  1. Uncle Jeffrey says:

    best book on Paleo with cook book ?

    Your Mother looks great —Attitude improvement off charts but buried with work for now !

    • The only Paleo cookbook I have is “Everday Paleo,” by Sarah Fragoso. The pics ain’t much, but the recipes are fun and easy and family-oriented. There are tons of them out there, though; everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon of Paleo cooking. Including me (cookbook someday?).

  2. Pingback: Low Carb Fail? (Part 2) | Cleaning My Plate

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