What's Tapioca? Should It Be Included in Your Diabetic Diet Plan?
What is tapioca? Find out everything you need to know about this derivative of cassava, its health benefits, substitutes, uses, how to cook it, global recipes made with tapioca flour and pearls, and much more.
WHAT IS TAPIOCA?
It comes from the cassava root. You might know it as a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour or as a pudding base.
WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
It is a starch that resides in the root of the cassava plant. It is almost purely carbs; it has no protein or vitamin content.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
You can use tapioca in various ways:
- Gluten-free bread
- As a binding agent
- For thickening gravies and soups
- For starching
WHAT IS TAPIOCA FLOUR?
Tapioca flour is another name for tapioca starch. You can use it in many ways in the kitchen.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAPIOCA
It is a good source of carbohydrates, but apart from that, its nutritional content is almost null.
You can use the following instead of tapioca: – Cassava flour – Arrowroot – Cornstarch – Potato starch – Rice flour
GLOBAL TAPIOCA RECIPES
1. Brazilian cheese bread (pão de queijo) 2. Colombian pan de yuca 3. Cassava flour brownies 4. Tapioca flour tortillas 5. Farofa (Brazilian)
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