To those commenters wondering about the carb controversy, I think I figured it out. I think this product is made from black SOY beans, not black beans. I have a can of black soy beans in my cupboard, and looking on the back, for 1/2 cup (130g), you get 11 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrate, and 7 grams of dietary fiber, for a net carb count of only 1 gram per half cup. The can itself boasts that it is high in protein and fiber and low in carbs. It's black soy beans from Eden Organic, if you want to check it out.
But anyway, apparently, black soy beans are higher in fiber and protein than just regular black beans, so if these noodles are made from them, then their carb count is about right.
I made some for dinner last night, and they were DELICIOUS. I tossed them in infused olice oil (herbs de provence) with parmesean cheese and fresh garlic and basil. I made myself one serving, but my boyfriend and I were having steak and salad, too, and pasta was just the side dish, so I didn't even eat the whole serving (he eats regular pasta). There was no increase in my blood sugar and no indication that the carb count is higher than it says, so I think it's safe for us low-carb or paleo dieters! I am so happy, too. I really missed spaghetti!
The PACKAGE says that this product has 17g carbs with 12g of fiber for a net of 5g carbs. Great for low-carbers - BUT.....
every other website including THIS ONE say that this item has 16g of carbs and .5g fiber for a net of 15.5 - that's a HUGE DIFFERENCE! I am irritated that I bought & ate this on the premise that it is low-carb, especially since being thrilled to find a low-carb "pasta". I don't know where they get their information or who is right, but I won't be eating this again until I find out what's RIGHT - $4.99 down the drain!
I believe that NEITHER the package NOR what is on the website is correct! I have been doing a fair amount of research on the subject and it seems that it is not possible to remove the fiber from dried pasta. That said, black beans are much higher in protein relative to fiber than other beans. Typically and ounce of dried black beans has 95 calories per ounce, 1/3g Fat, 17 carbs, 4.3G Fiber, 1 g sugar, and 6g protein. The pasta is for 1.75 ounces and has about twice the amount of calories as dry beans, so we can assume that the pasta is even a bit trier than the beans. However, their package shows 4.5 grams of fat (this would be really high for that amount of dried beans), 16 carbs (this would be quite low) and 20.5 g of protein. Even assuming that this is a higher protein bean than the typical one (and they DO vary, esp. within the soybean/black bean families) I think we can assume at the very least that the product would have 4.3g Fiber....and my guess is that they should be saying "5g" instead of ".5g" in their literature. There is one place were I actually saw that it had 5g online and wish I could remember where it was. I believe that you should assume that it has 5g of fiber (at a minimum), and if 16-5=11 net carbs is too much for you, then make your choice accordingly. However, I have learned that the starch in beans is primarily a "resistant starch", and "resistant starches" pass through the body, unlike starchy carbs that you are trying to avoid on a low-carb diet. Do some reading about this, and check out Dr. Fuhrman's literature on resistant starches. I used to be a low carber, and still am in some ways (in that I avoid sugar and heavy starches), but beans should be a low-carbers friends, and the pasta will be no exception.
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I bought it to force myself to eat beans/veggie protein and am totally wowed... I do not like beans and this does not taste like them at all! No taste really beyond what you might expect from regular pasta... highly recommended, wish I'd tried it much sooner!
How does this pasta have so much protein? Other black bean noodles usually have close to 0 protein... as do most gluten free pasta. I have a hard time believing the nutrition facts on the label. Convince me it's legit...
Packed with protein, fiber an no added crap!
Simple and easy to cook to,
I love this stuff- eat it a couple times a week. My only question is how on earth do they turn bean into pasta without any added ingredients? And where does all the fiber go?
My friend got me hooked on this stuff a few months back. I love all the protein, I love that I can eat beans without actually eating beans, and my boyfriend...yes, I got him hooked. He walked around the house saying the word "mung" for like weeks after I made it for him. He buys it all the time now and makes it all on his very own! Each one teach one...and this stuff is definitely a class act! A+
I really like this stuff. It's great! It has a nice flavor and a normal texture when eaten cold, unlike most gluten-free pastas. I recommend cooking it al dente. You also can't beat its high protein and fiber content-I stay full for hours after eating it.
This stuff is a real blessing for diabetics. I love pasta, but the wheat drives my blood sugar sky-high. With this stuff, I get to eat pasta again! If you want a real treat, blend in a little pesto after you cook it, it adds a nice taste even if you slather it with tomato sauce.
The same company also makes a mung bean fettucini (not quite awesome, but pretty good) and soy bean spaghetti (yawn.) I'm hoping they will also make an elbow version of their black bean pasta....
I love this pasta! It's got a great mouth feel. not mushy or limp.
If you're on the fence about this product, BUY it! It looks a little strange when the water turns black, but it's so much more healthy than conventional pasta. It's also very forgiving when you cook it, a little shorter or longer than the recommended time will be just fine. Perfect for vegans, Celiacs, and well, everyone!
This pasta was something I recently tried at my daughter's house in Florida. She bought it as part of a new diet for her three year old who is having problems with grains-so, I took the plunge, which for me, as a very "fussy eater", was huge!
The good news is that I LOVED it! The sad news is that I can't find it anywhere in Maine. I would like to buy it by the case, but haven't found anywhere to do that yet. Anybody had any luck with that?
You can definitely buy the pasta right here. Or you can call us at 866.707.7706.
I recent bought the black bean spagheti and Im excited about trying it! Do you eat it with traditional spaghetti sause or do you have alternative recipes?
This pasta is delicious and so good for you. I am on a wheat-free diet and this is the best pasta I have found. I am also vegetarian so I eat a lot of this as it has approx. 20 grams of protein per serving. I love the simple ingredients - organic black beans and water; does not get more simple or healthy than that.