To understand Hero Bread is to understand resistant wheat starch—the fiberlicious prebiotic that your gut microbiome loves.
What is resistant wheat starch you may ask?
Resistant wheat starch is a dietary fiber that does not break down in the small intestine (i.e. it “resists” digestion). Instead, resistant wheat starch—also known as “resistant starch”— goes straight to your large intestine where it is digested.
- While in the large intestine, resistant wheat starch acts as a prebiotic
- Prebiotics are foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut.
- As more good bacteria (and less bad bacteria) develop in the large intestine, gut health is improved.
What Are the Health Benefits of Resistant Wheat Starch?
Resistant starch is not only beneficial, but can be considered essential to the general health and well-being of consumers worldwide.
Hero Bread is rich in resistant wheat starch, which—along with protein enhancers like wheat protein—is a key component in making Hero Bread low in net carbs.
Helps You to Feel Fuller
The fiber from resistant wheat starch can help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. Feeling fuller can reduce your overall calorie intake, and make it easier to control cravings without feeling deprived.
Improves Human Health
Others point to studies that have shown the potential of resistant starch to improve human health by helping reduce the risks of:
- Bowel inflammatory diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
Reduced After-Meal Blood-Glucose and Insulin Concentrations
Another study found that replacing a portion of refined wheat flour in a food with resistant wheat starch can reduce after-meal glucose and insulin concentrations, and increase selected measures of feeling full.
Better Bowel Movements and decreased Cholesterol
Other health benefits of resistant starch include:
- Treatment and prevention of constipation
- Decrease in cholesterol
- Lower risk of colon cancer
Is Resistant Wheat Starch a Prebiotic?
Because resistant wheat starch is indigestible—and is fermented by the gut microbiota in the large intestine to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs)— it is a type of prebiotic.
Prebiotics act as a food source for your gut’s microorganisms/microbiota. Breaking down prebiotics and creating different SCFAs by these microorganisms:
- Provides energy to your colon cells
- Helps with mucus production and
- Helps with inflammation and immunity
And, need we mention that because resistant wheat starch is a fiber that isn't digested, it keeps things moving in your gut? Which means you stay “regular” (i.e. resistant wheat starch helps you go #2).
Hero Bread’s products contain resistant wheat starch as one of their key ingredients. So, whether you enjoy White Bread, Seeded Bread, Flour Tortillas or Hot Dog and Burger Buns, you can rest assured your gut microbiome will appreciate you.