Meet Hero, the Low Carb Bread Company

Nutrition

Jan 14

The Keto diet is a fad. Yes, you can lose weight, but it’s not a healthy diet and it teaches you nothing about healthy eating. We’ve written about it, explained what it is, pros and cons, and we’ve posted recipes. However, the truth about this diet is hard to swallow. When we post a recipe that we label “keto,” what we are really giving you are “low carb alternatives.”

If you want to know the history of the low carb diet, try this article: William Banting and the First Low Carb Diet.

Your author was diagnosed last year with diabetes. It was a shocker, and I’ve written about it: What I Don’t Know About Diabetes Could Fill an Encyclopedia. The real shocker is my doctor thinks I might have long haul COVID, but the problem is that there has not yet been established diagnostic standards for this condition. What they have discovered, however, is that diabetes seems to be one of its manifestations.

And that is why I’ve been experimenting with low carb recipes, or, as in the case of our Einkorn Flour Baguettes, breads that don’t spike your blood sugar.

Years ago I wrote about the first low carb (net zero carb) bread from the Julian Bakery. The bread was not tasty and difficult to work with. It fell apart, the company had problems, people complained, I could go on. They no longer make this product.

I think what really changed the “low carb” industry is resistant starch. The Hero company uses as its main ingredient resistant wheat starch (also referred to as modified wheat starch). I’ve found three companies that make this product, but it will be a while before you can purchase it retail. Nobody carries it, and if you want some, you’ll have to order a pallet.

I’ve been ordering low carb pasta, breads, tortillas from Amazon, and since Facebook knows my purchase history, it’s placed ads on my timeline about supplements that lower blood glucose levels and lots (and lots) of ads for low carb foods.

That’s where I found Hero. I ordered some bread and tortillas, and let me tell you, they are the first low carb bread people to make products that don’t taste like cardboard. Here are their products.

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I happen to read instructions, and so when my order arrived, I put all of it, except one pack of tortillas, in the freezer.

Now to skip ahead: I think I went through two or three packs of tortillas, and when I pulled out another one, I noticed mold. Mold doesn’t grow in a freezer, so it had to have arrived with the mold. Things go wrong all the time. I know I make mistakes, or as my mother used to say, “I try to make at least one mistake each day to maintain my human status.”

So I contacted them and they responded right away. And instead of replacing that pack, they re-sent me my complete order of tortillas. This is the kind of company I can stand behind.

The bread is quite soft, so when it’s thawed, don’t put anything on top of it. I store it all alone in the fridge. And I heat it before using it (note above they tell you to wait till it’s room temp before consuming). I don’t know why, but I read instructions. And it’s great to toast.

The bread tastes like bread. All the recipes I’ve created that are low carb don’t make it to this site. Some turn out blah. But Hero bread tastes like bread. And it’s about as soft as Wonder Bread, the bread that one has to wonder if there is any nutrition inside. But you can see above, that this bread has nutrition, and that nutrition is fiber. Many readers know my complaints about breakfast cereals in this country. Most are just sugar. I’ve often said that the only thing we get from breakfast cereal is fiber, and most have very little.

The soft, white Hero bread has 11 grams of fiber. That is amazing. And remember, when maintaining a low carb diet, you still need fiber. Fiber slows digestion so that your blood sugar doesn’t spike. And our digestive tracts need fiber. Because of my battle with diabetes, I also take fiber supplements. And if you get Hero’s tortillas, go make a nice bean burrito.

Beans contain fiber. One cup contains 23 grams of fiber. That same cup has 36 grams of carbohydrates. So your net carbs are just 13 grams.

About Tortillas

Most tortillas contain trans fats. Why? Trans fats last forever, and so your tortillas have a very long shelf life.

I don’t buy tortillas with trans fats. And I keep them refrigerated. However, when you open the pack, oftentimes the tortillas are stuck together. Pulling them apart always tears one (or both) and while driving and listening to Minnesota Public Radio, I learned that there’s a company that makes “patches” to repair a torn tortilla.

Hero tortillas are made from resistant starch. And they are resistant to tearing. If stuck together, slowly separate them by going around the edge and separating them slowly. I have not torn one Hero tortilla. They’re tough. Their resistance is not just in your digestive tract (much of it makes its way to your colon where it feeds your good bacteria), but is resistant to tearing.

I just hate it when rolling up a fajita or burrito and the tortilla breaks open.

Hero tortillas don’t break open.

Hero Makes Great Products

Really. There’s nothing to add. They’re low carb, tasty, and dependable.

It’s a great company.

You can find them here: Hero.co

And no, we don’t have an affiliate program with them, but when they start one, we’re going to apply.

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