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The Health Benefits of Tapioca

  1. With the ever-increasing popularity of gluten-free baking, Tapioca flour has become an important ingredient in the kitchen for many people. Cassava roots, from which Tapioca is derived, are naturally high in carbohydrates. And it is precisely for this reason that tapioca starch can be made. This is processed into gluten-free flour or (so-called) pearls and flakes. These ingredients are used as a thickener in a variety of foods, from pizza dough to pie filling.

  2. With the ever-increasing popularity of gluten-free baking, Tapioca flour has become an important ingredient in the kitchen for many people. Cassava roots, from which Tapioca is derived, are naturally high in carbohydrates. And it is precisely for that reason that tapioca starch can be made from it. This is processed into gluten-free flour or (so-called) pearls and flakes. These ingredients are used as a thickener in a variety of foods, from pizza dough to pie filling.

  1. Tapioca tastes mild and has a slightly sweet taste. It is one of the purest forms of starch available. In addition to carbohydrates and starches, Tapioca is very low in other nutrients such as proteins, fats, and most vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, Tapioca is completely gluten free, low in calories and completely free from sugar. So despite the lack of essential nutrients, which you would expect from Tapioca, this product is excellent for use in healthy, gluten-free cooking and baking.

How is Tapioca made?

  1. How exactly Tapioca is made differs per location. But basically it's always about squeezing the starchy liquid from the Cassava root.

  1. Once the starchy liquid has been extracted from the roots, the water is allowed to evaporate. After this process, very fine powder remains. That's the Tapioca.

  2. Once the starchy liquid has been removed from the roots, the water is allowed to evaporate. After this process, very fine powder remains. That's the Tapioca.

  1. This powder is then processed into the desired shape. It could be flour, pearls, or flakes.

  1. Tapioca in the shape of pearls is the most common form. They are often used in teas, puddings, and desserts. But also as a thickening agent in cooking.

  1. Since all the water has been extracted from the Tapioca, the purchased Tapioca must first be soaked or boiled before consumption.

  1. During this process, the size of the pearls or flakes doubles, becoming slightly translucent.

  1. Tapioca is often confused with cassava flour. While Tapiova is made from the root of the Cassava, cassava flour is made from the flower of the same plant. Two completely different products!

What is Tapioca used for?

  1. Tapioca is a grain and gluten free product that has many uses:

  1. Tapioca flour can be used very well to make bread. But in most cases it is used in combination with another flour. So a mix.

  1. Tapioca flour is very often used to make unread bread, especially in developing countries. Which is not surprising: It is available locally and is very cheap.

  2. Tapioca flour is very often used to make unread bread, especially in developing countries. And this is not surprising: It is available locally and is very cheap.

  1. With different toppings, this unleavened bread can also be used for breakfast, lunch or dessert.

  1. The Tapioca, in the shape of pearls, is very often used to make puddings, desserts, snacks, or tea.

  1. Tapioca is also an excellent binding agent for soup, a delicious sauce, or a gravy. It is a cheap binder, high thickening power, and has a neutral taste.

  1. Tapioca is also used as a binding agent in making burgers and all kinds of doughs, for example, to improve texture and moisture content. Also important for retaining moisture in a gel-like form. And did you know that Tapioca also helps to prevent discoloration for as long as possible?

  1. Besides the fact that Tapioca is of course often used in cooking and baking, it is also a useful agent for washing clothes. Adding the Tapioca pearls will ensure cleaner laundry.

  2. Besides the fact that Tapioca is of course often used in cooking and baking, it is also a useful agent for washing clothes. Adding the Tapioca pearls will ensure cleaner wax.

The nutritional value of Tapioca

  1. Tapioca is a starch extract made from the starchy Cassava root. Today, Cassava is grown in much of Africa, Asia, and South America. The whole plant is considered in those parts of the world as an important commodity that provides millions of people with a significant portion of their calories. (1)

  2. Tapioca is a starch extract made from the starchy Cassava root. Today, Cassava is grown in much of Africa, Asia, and South America. The whole plant is considered an important commodity in those parts of the world, providing millions of people with a significant portion of their calories. (1)

  1. So, what exactly is in a quarter cup of tapioca flour? Let's sum up the (short) list (2):

  1. But, if there are so few nutrients in it… why would you use it anyway?

  1. While Tapioca will provide you with few essential nutrients, using Tapioca allows you to make recipes such as puddings, sauces, and other goodies without using other highly processed ingredients. nts and strange additions. Just read the ingredient list on a simple product like pudding. You could throw 80% of those strange additions aside if you were using Tapioca.

  1. In some parts of the world, Tapioca flour is even used to make bread, cake, cookies, chips, and tortilla. It also makes a kind of milky drink, which you could compare to coconut milk.

The benefits of Tapioca

  1. If you have an allergy to nuts, coconut, or any other gluten-free grains. Or if you follow a low FODMAP diet, you will find that Tapioca can mean a lot for you.

  1. Some Health Benefits of Using Tapioca (flour, pearls or flakes) in baking and cooking

  1. There is one reason why people love Tapioca when they follow the successful Paleo diet: It is free from gluten, grain, cereal dairy, and seed. And also almost sugar free. Tapioca is also completely vegan! How beautiful do you want it? Cassava products are easily digestible and are often recommended for people with digestive problems such as celiac disease, gluton intolerance, nut or seed allergies, diverticulitis, IBS or IBD.

  1. Tapioca flour is a very nice alternative to traditional wheat flour. But that's not all. It is also an alternative to flour that can be used for all kinds of purposes. It can even replace nut-based flour, such as almond flour.

  1. It has a variety of uses in healthy baking and cooking, without any unwanted additives or gluten. In most cases, tapioca can be eaten normally by people with a sensitive digestive system, or by people who have other difficulties in eating other products based on other flours.

  1. Tapioca is even safe for people who follow a moderate form of the autoimmune diet, a diet that limits many sources of carbohydrates. (3)

  1. Tapioca has relatively more carbohydrates and water than many other types of flour, such as buckwheat, rice, corn, almond, and coconut flour. (4) Being low in protein, sugar or fat, it is very low in calories and can be used in many recipes if you want to lose weight and / or balance your weight.

  1. Using Tapioca in cooking and baking can be a great way to keep the use of butter, oil, cream, or dairy to a minimum. It is suitable for people on a low-calorie diet, people with diabetes, people with symptoms of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, and digestive problems.

  1. You won't even notice that you've used Tapioca in your food. It is completely odorless and tasteless. Therefore, it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. The use of Tapioca has a positive effect on the texture and the so-called â € mouthfeelâ € ™.

  1. If you don't like the taste of other gluten-free grain flours, using Tapioca will blow your mind. Just give it a try and you'll be amazed!

  1. Compared to many other types of flour, Tapioca is absorbent and retains any water well. In practice, this means that it can be used perfectly as a binding agent. While gluten-free baking can sometimes be very tricky without the binding and resilient quality of gluten, adding Tapioca can help prevent products from becoming too dry and from forming a homogeneous mass.

  1. Of course it will not rise like yeast, which means that it will not always be a success if you use it in bread, for example. But it certainly has better binding properties than almond or coconut flour.

  1. Tapioca is cholesterol slurry. As you probably know, high cholesterol can cause problems with your blood vessels. They will silt up, which can sooner or later cause problems with, among other things, your heart. In the worst case, a heart attack or a stroke.

  1. A cup of Tapioca pearls contains about 1.5 grams of dietary fiber. Admittedly, that's not very much, but it can certainly help you reach the recommended daily intake of 21 to 38 grams. Most people don't eat nearly enough fiber, which can cause serious health problems. Fiber helps you lower your cholesterol, keep your bowel movements regular, avoid constipation, and keep your blood sugar in balance.

  1. You need more calcium in your body than any other mineral. Calcium is not only important for strong bones, but also strong teeth. But that's not all:

  1. Every day you lose a lot of calcium through your skin, your sweat, your urine and your stool. Your body is unable to produce the calcium it loses every day. The required calcium must be supplemented from the food you eat.

  1. A cup of Tapioca contains about 30 milligrams of calcium. This is about 3% of the recommended daily amount.

  1. Again, it's not an impressive amount, but it definitely counts towards your daily intake.

  1. Most people eat way too much sodium, or ordinary salt. And I'm not so much talking about that salt pot with the potatoes, but more about all the salt that is processed in processed food. Often a lot of salt is used in sauces, soups and herbs. And how about pizzas, for example? Both frozen and at the pizzeria. A

  1. The excess of salt makes up for the lack of flavor. Think about that on your next pizza: If you taste too much salt, and if it is fat, the base product will not taste good at all.

  1. Too much salt has long been associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.

  1. So good news that Tapioca only contains a tiny bit of salt. Only 2 milligrams per cup.

  1. Folate is a B vitamin that your body needs to make DNA. Folic acid is also indispensable for cell division. Folic acid is also crucial for women who want to get pregnant to prevent a spina bifida in a baby, for example. But what many people don't know is that folic acid deficiency can also cause anemia. A

  1. One cup of Tapioca contains 6 micrograms of folic acid. That's about 2% of the recommended daily amount.

  1. One cup of Tapioca provides no less than 8% of the manganese your body needs every day. Manganese is an essential. Mineral that helps your body metallize carbohydrates, cholesterol, and amino acids. Manganese also supports bone and connective tissue development.

  1. Tapioca is also a good source of iron. One cup of Tapioca contains a whopping 13% of the recommended daily amount. The iron in your body is needed in the hemoglobin. That is a protein that carries oxygen to all parts of your body. If you don't get enough iron, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. This condition, if left untreated, can have very serious consequences. Just think of shortness of breath, general fatigue, and chest pain.

  1. The carbohydrates and fiber in tapioca will help fill your stomach. Of course, because they are foods. But the fibers in particular will ensure that your stomach remains full for longer, so that you do not get a 'hunger feeling'. As a result, you will not be tempted to unhealthy snacks, especially in the afternoon. Afternoon is the most dangerous time to fill your stomach with unhealthy snacks. A

  1. Eating fiber will help you in every way if you want to lose weight, or if you want to keep your weight in balance.

But beware!

  1. This all sounds really good, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. If Tapioca is made correctly, there is no problem at all. The problems don't start until you have poor quality Tapioca. If tapioca is made from poorly processed cassava roots, the same Tapioca can even be poisonous.

  1. The Cassava root naturally contains a toxic substance called linamarin. This substance is converted in your body into hydrogen cyanide, and can therefore cause cyanide poisoning.

  1. Especially in developing countries this can be a problem, especially in times of drought and scarcity. Much less attention is then paid to the processing of the roots, so that there have now been epidemics in African countries. (5)

  1. Rest assured: Commercially produced tapioca normally no longer contains harmful levels of Linamarine, so it is safe to eat.

Finally

  1. Tapioca isn't really packed with all kinds of nutrients. In that sense, it is definitely not a superfood. But for people who have health problems with grain and gluten, Tapioca is a great alternative.

  1. Have you ever used Tapioca in the kitchen? Leave your experience below!



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