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What's the deal with Tapioca?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Is see Tapioca in some products and I believe it is used a lot in Gluten free products as a thickening agent. Is it Paleo or should we stay away?

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:35 AM

what about the granulated type?

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:33 AM

tapioca pearls *are* proccessed to get the tapioca into the pearl shape.

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on January 31, 2011
at 07:45 PM

It's a starch that comes from the cassava root, so it is technically "paleo," though it's awfully processed. It's one of those foods that isn't blatantly poisonous but definitely isn't optimal as a dietary staple, and as I recall the root itself has some phytoestrogens going on...I don't know if they remain in the processed product.

So don't stress if you eat a little, but don't eat a lot and don't seek it out.

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on January 31, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Tapioca pudding is on my "ok to cheat with if offered any" list. Of course it depends on what else is in it. Tapioca pudding made with coconut milk, fresh fruit, and no sugar sounds like a good paleo desert to me.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on March 29, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Why would unprocessed tapioca pearls be a problem?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on March 29, 2012
at 02:35 AM

what about the granulated type?

Fc6593b8fa14fcbbba15b162f363a521

(145)

on March 29, 2012
at 02:33 AM

tapioca pearls *are* proccessed to get the tapioca into the pearl shape.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:05 AM

i love unprocessed tapioca and taro roots. you boil/steam them and they're starchy like potatoes. coconut milk complements them well. great with fish. i find them in asian supermarkets.

i would only eat them in small portions, and certainly no more than couple times a week, as they're heavy on carbs.

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