Tapioca starch is extracted from the storage roots of the cassava plant. An excellent grain-free option for pet food as it is a highly digestible carbohydrate and an excellent source of energy. Tapioca Starch contains no added sugars or protein. The shape, texture and density of the kibble depend on the starch content. In wet pet food it is often used to provide a specific texture, as mouthfeel and structure help the palatability. Tapioca contains a small amount of resistant starch, which has benefits that can be compared to fiber when supporting digestive health. Finally, tapioca in pet food can be beneficial for pets experiencing allergies and sensitivities. Both native- and extruded tapioca starch are available.
The appearance of pea starch is that of a white powder. Thanks to its neutral taste this plant-based ingredient is used for food industry applications like noodles and extruded snacks, soups, sauces, coatings, pie fillings as well as canned food, cereals, processed meats, dairy products (custard cream), etc.