Limited Offer: Protein Pasta & Orzo

We have decided to put our TORQ Protein Pasta and Orzo into our Limited Offers section, because we feel it’s a product with particular appeal at this difficult time.

Regular pasta has disappeared off the supermarket shelves, presumably because it’s a stable food product that will last way beyond it’s ‘Best Before’ date and can therefore be stockpiled without fear of it rotting away in one’s cupboard when every other food source on earth has been eaten up! We certainly don’t believe that’s going to happen, so please don’t misunderstand our intentions here with this special limited offer, we just want to help you to make better nutritional use of the pasta or rice you might currently have at home by giving you some ideas.

Regular pasta is primarily carbohydrate, so on its own it’s not much of a meal. To turn it into a meal as such you need to include a protein source along with adding fibre, vitamins and minerals. You won’t need to add much fat, because dodging fat in your food is a practical impossibility, but for the purists out there, yes you do need to include some fat in your diet too. Fat contains the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K as well as essential omega oils.

Protein sources include meat, fish, dairy and if you’re vegan, combining pulses with grains provides all of the essential amino acids necessary for health – and if you’re a vegan you’re going to know this anyway. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you also have a wide variety of concentrated protein sources available to you, which also contain all of your essential amino acids, like Quorn, Tofu and Soya which you can substitute for meat in traditional sauces like bolognese.

TORQ’s Protein Fusilli Pasta and Protein Orzo (orzo is a rice-like shaped pasta) are another example of a concentrated protein source or vegetarian meat substitute (unfortunately it’s not vegan unlike most of our products) although they have a couple of unique properties. Firstly they aren’t designed to be added to a sauce like Quorn, Tofu or Soya, they have their rightful place mixed in with your regular pasta or rice. Secondly, like pasta or rice, it will last for years in storage, so it will always be there for you to use, even when the fridge and freezer are empty.

Our Protein Pasta and Protein Orzo are of exceptionally high nutritional value, containing 60% protein. This means that in order to get the required 20-25g of protein per meal, you will only need a 35-40g serve – each 500g pouch provides enough high quality protein for 12-14 meals. This assumes that you don’t have any other protein in your meal, so in reality your 500g pouch of protein pasta or orzo could support more meals than this. The beauty of the product is that you can cook up your 35-40g serve of protein pasta along with regular pasta or rice and simply make a vegetarian sauce with no need to hunt for protein. Perhaps fry up some onions and garlic, add a pepper and mix in some passata or a tin of tomatoes – this would provide a healthy nutritionally complete balanced meal.

Our limited offer means that you can purchase both our high protein Fusilli or Orzo for £5 per 500g pouch including postage – we do not charge for postage at TORQ however small your order. Does this sound expensive for pasta or rice? Well it is expensive for pasta or rice, but remember, the comparisons you should be making should be towards other rich protein sources like meat, Quorn or tofu. Weight for weight and considering our products contain no moisture, they represent exceptional value for money.

Take a look at the tabs below for further technical information and if you want to take advantage of this Limited Offer, please click HERE to purchase and we’ll deliver straight to your door so you don’t even need to leave the house, which is pretty handy at the moment!

The tabs below are for our Protein Fusilli Pasta, but nutritionally the Fusilli and Orzo are identical – they are just different shapes/textures.

Product highlights

  • 60% high-specification protein
  • Rich in essential amino acids
  • Great texture and neutral flavour
  • Cooks in just 6-8 minutes
  • Very low in fat

Product Summary

TORQ’s 60% Protein Fusilli Spiral Pasta is of exceptionally high quality due to the inclusion of high specification dairy proteins providing a comprehensive amino acid profile. Our pasta looks and cooks like normal pasta, but because of its protein density, simple and convenient meat-free meals can be prepared in the knowledge that the resulting dish will be sufficiently nutrient-rich.

Our pasta can also be used in conjunction with other high protein foods at times when you consider carbohydrate to be undesirable whilst still giving the perception of a regular higher carbohydrate meal. This product has the mouthfeel and texture of pasta, but exactly the same nutritionals as our 60% Protein Orzo, which has a mouthfeel more like rice. It’s really a matter of you choosing the texture you prefer.

Product Usage

Use TORQ Fusilli as you would regular pasta, but remember to account for the high protein content. The ‘Technical Information’ tab provides further detailed information regarding the diversity of use of this particular product.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook for 5-7 minutes, drain and serve. TORQ Fusilli can also be cooked in the microwave, ideally using a specialist ‘pasta’ setting. Cooking time may vary depending on the power output of your microwave oven.

Once cooked, either eat immediately or refrigerate and consume within 48 hours.

Zip-seal BULQ sack after use and store in a cool dry place.

Technical Information

TORQ Fusilli as a low-fat meat alternative

Finding good sources of carbohydrate can be relatively easy for athletes and physically active people, but one has to hunt harder for protein. Reliable sources of amino acid-rich protein tend to come from meat, fish and dairy products as well as vegetarian/vegan sources such as soya and quorn. The problem is that many of these sources of protein either require refrigerated storage, are high in fat, require some considered level of preparation, or are held back by a combination of all of these factors.

60% protein is high for a vegetarian product – so high that it eliminates any need for meat or other sources of protein in your dishes. It could even be mixed 50/50 with regular pasta to boost the protein content of recipes that you feel need a helping hand in the protein department.

As TORQ Fusilli can be stored in the same way as regular pasta, in a cupboard, without any specific storage requirements, you’re much less likely to get caught short – nothing worse than a missing/stale item in the fridge when you’re desperate for a balanced and functional post-exercise meal.

The extremely low fat content of TORQ Fusilli is a significant benefit too. Many high protein sources like red meat, nuts, seeds and dairy come with significant amounts of fat. We all need some fat, because vitamins A, D, E and K are dissolved within it, along with the Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, but as rule, we tend to get too much of it and its very calorie-rich. Athletes and physically active people should search for good functional fat sources which are rich in these essential nutrients and avoid unnecessary ‘incidental’ fat, because it slows digestion and from a functional perspective, doesn’t help the body to recover and perform.

The low-fat nature of TORQ Fusilli can be taken advantage of, because lean recipes are quickly absorbed into the blood allowing nutrients to reach their destinations promptly. It also takes the pressure off when choosing other nutrients to combine with your Fusilli, because starting with a low-fat protein sauce will always give you a greater variety of source options, including ones which may be slightly richer than you’d usually choose.

TORQ Fusilli for low carbohydrate training or ‘Training Low’

There are specific times when serious athletes may benefit from performing carefully controlled scheduled training sessions whilst internal glycogen stores are low and exogenous carbohydrate (energy products) aren’t consumed during exercise. This is a concept called ‘Training Low’. For more information on how this kind of training should feature in your own schedule,please don’t hesitate in contacting us directly to learn more. TORQ Fusilli’s relatively low carbohydrate content makes it ideal for use at these times if used in conjunction with a meat, soya or other high protein based sauce.

If you have any questions at all relating to this product and your physical performance, please get in touch.

Diabetes & Health

TORQ Fusilli for people with Diabetes

Enjoy the texture of pasta without the blood glucose spike. At 60% protein and 20% carbohydrate, our pasta doesn’t behave metabolically like normal pasta, so will have a much more moderate impact on blood glucose, which is particularly useful for people with diabetes. Serve TORQ Fusilli with a bolognaise sauce for instance and the % of calories in your meal derived from carbohydrate will nosedive.

TORQ Fusilli and health benefits for the general population

There are strong arguments in support of lower carbohydrate diets for less physically active people, because a reduction in carbohydrate supresses appetite, reducing calorie consumption. It also reduces the production of insulin, putting less strain on the pancreas. Many of the diseases that the developed world faces today are as a result of physical inactivity and over-consumption of calories. Type 2 diabetes in particular is reaching epidemic levels, due to a combination of lack of exercise, obesity and over-consumption of carbohydrate once obesity has established itself. The mixture of these 3 fundamentals is literally fatal.

We must stress that lean, fit people do not fit into this risk category. Excessive carbohydrate intake becomes a risk factor as body fat levels increase, because this unhealthy level of body fat blunts the insulin response and over-works the pancreas (the organ responsible for producing insulin). In addition, insulin receptors in the muscle, which regulate insulin production thrive in healthy fit muscle tissue, but not in sedentary inactive muscle (the more insulin receptors, the less insulin the pancreas needs to produce to have an effect). Add to this the fact that insulin production is supressed and the pancreas rests during aerobic endurance exercise and you start to understand why inactivity and obesity is so dangerous (and why being slim, fit and exercising regularly is so good). And we’re only talking about diabetes here. It’s well documented that regular exercise and weight management provide significant protection against heart disease and many cancers.

We would never advocate a healthy diet and no exercise, because regular exercise is the most important disease-preventing psychologically uplifting behaviour you could possibly exhibit. That said, some people exercise more than others and the less you do, the less you need to eat – and if you are carrying excess body fat, as explained above, this is where excessive carbohydrate can become an issue.

TORQ Fusilli offers clear benefits for less active people. It’s low in fat, so is lower in calories than other common higher fat protein sources and contains low levels of carbohydrate (only 20%), so it will help to supress appetite and reduce insulin output if eaten alongside a protein-rich sauce and salad/fresh vegetables. Typically, in the general population, a ‘high protein’ diet tends to, in actual fact, lean towards being a ‘high protein/high fat’ diet and there are health risk factors associated with high fat intakes too. This happens because of the lack of high protein, low fat choices available, so that’s where TORQ Fusilli fits in – a product that is high protein and low fat that will help you to reduce unnecessary ‘incidental’ fat intake.

If you have any questions at all relating to this product, diabetes and health, please get in touch with us.

Nutritional Info

Ingredients: Vegetable Proteins (Soya, Pea), Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White Powder, Algae Extracts (Sodium Alginate), Amino Acids (L-Methionine, L-Threonine).

Per Serving Size 34g 100g
Energy (kJ) 493 1481
Energy (kCal) 116 350
Fat (g) 0.8 2.5
of which Saturates(g) 0.2 0.6
Carbohydrate (g) 6.6 20.0
of which Sugars (g) 0.6 1.8
Fibre (g) 1.16 3.5
Protein (g) 20.0 60.0
Salt (g) 0.66 2.0

Amino Acid Profile (%): Cysteine 0.98, Aspartic A 6.58, Proline 6.58, Methionine 1.4, Threonine 2.54, Serine 3.39, Glutamic A 11.34, Glycine 2.5, Alanine 2.78, Valine 3.16, Isoleucine 2.93, Leucine 4.86, Tyrosine 2.29, Phenylalanine 3.34, Lysine 3.68, Histidine 1.51, Arginine 4.27, Tryptophan 0.8.

Allergy Information: Please see ingredients in bold. Contains Gluten. Contains Soya.

Once cooked, refrigerate and consume within 48 hours.