The following post goes into detail on the pros and cons of tapioca flour, with a list of the best brands to buy and an index of all the best Paleo tapioca flour recipes.
What is tapioca flour anyway? Is it like that nasty slimy tapioca pudding my grandma used to make? It really wasn’t that bad, I just couldn’t handle the texture. It felt like little slimy roundworms in my mouth. I was a kid you know, so don’t get upset with me, okay. Anyone else not like tapioca pudding?
So, to answer my own question. Tapioca is derived from cassava roots. Tapioca starch can be extracted from the cassava root and made into “pearls” or flour. They can be used as a thickening agent in food recipes such as pie filling or pizza dough. Obviously, the flour is used in foods like those, not the pearls.
Tapioca has a mild flavor and is slightly sweet. It is a very pure form of starch. It is totally gluten-free, free of sugar and low in calories. It’s very useful for gluten-free baking or cooking, much like cassava flour. Here is a post I wrote about cassava flour: 9 Paleo Cassava Flour Recipes Index, Pros, Cons and Best Prices
Interesting facts: Cassava is called yuca root sometimes. It is mostly grown in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. The entire cassava plant is a staple crop that is very important to millions of people in those areas. It supplies a lot of them with a significant amount of their daily calories.
It’s grain-free, gluten-free and nut-free.
It’s low in sugar, calories and fat.
It’s odorless and tasteless.
It thickens and binds recipes.
It is anti-nutrient free.
It’s a good flour to make baked good fluffy and light.
It doesn’t have very many nutrients.
Basically, it’s just a form of concentrated carbohydrates.
It’s not good for much besides making baked good fluffy and light.
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Here are some answers to some common questions:
Is tapioca Paleo approved?
Yes, read above.
Is tapioca flour and arrowroot the same thing?
The name arrowroot and tapioca flour may be used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing at all. They both come from root vegetables but they are entirely different plants.