New from Creamette comes Creamette 150 — pasta (in three shapes) with about 25 percent fewer calories than regular pasta. There are 150 calories per 2-ounce serving of Creamette 150; regular pasta has 210 calories per serving.
How does Creamette take 60 calories out of a serving? By including insoluble fiber from modified wheat starch and wheat gluten, along with the semolina and durum flour in regular pasta. Regular Creamette pasta has 2 grams of fiber per serving; Creamette 150 has 13 grams. Although all carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, insoluble fiber is not digested, so the Food and Drug Administration allows food companies to subtract calories contained in insoluble fiber from the total calorie count.
If you’ve done some multiplying and subtracting and are scratching your head, some or all of the three numbers in question — the calories in regular pasta, the calories in Creamette 150, and the number of grams of fiber — were rounded off.
— Al Sicherman
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)