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.
Tapioca hard pellets are an essential ingredient in grain-free pet food diets, which helps pets maintain consistent digestion. The benefit of using tapioca ingredients in pet food instead of grains is tapioca’s biochemical simplicity. Grains are complex as they contain proteins and other phytonutrients and carbohydrates. Tapioca is an ideal carbohydrate source without any proteins and will not cause immune-mediated reactions like those observed in grain-based diets. We supply pellets with three different starch contents, namely 48%, 60 % and 65%.
Meelunie is supplier of agricultural ingredients and it offers tapioca starch under its food product category. It is used in food industry applications like bakery products (biscuits), sheeted and extruded snacks, soups, sauces, graves, puddings and pie fillings, pudding powders, and dairy desserts, processed meat, etc. It is also used in various applications in the paper industry. It is a white powder with neutral taste.