We tell you all about the extravagant tapioca,
its origin and ways of enjoying it.
Surely you already know and have tried a dessert from tapioca, but few people really know the origin of this ingredient and the different ways that there are to consume it. Keep reading and join us to find out.
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The origin of tapioca
It is a starch that is extracted from the root of the yucca, a plant native to Brazil whose cultivation has spread throughout South America, where it has become popular and part of popular gastronomy.
What most of the people know, are the small pearls or balls of tapioca, which for many years have been used to prepare especially desserts. But you can also find tapioca in different presentations, flour, starch and even flakes. Its most common use is as a thickening agent, similar to that used in cornstarch.
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Benefits for your body
- It is free of the most common allergens, it is gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free. For this reason, its use is usually recommended for people with celiac disease.
- It has a neutral flavor so it can be used for sweet and savory recipes.
- According to a Newcastle University study, tapioca is rich in linamarin, a component that helps kill cancer cells.
- It provides minerals such as iron, which is why it helps prevent or fight anemia.
- Improves blood circulation and oxygenates cells.
- It is rich in fibers that help improve digestion, prevent constipation, inflammation and abdominal pain.
- Strengthens bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- It is ideal for children, athletes and pregnant women thanks to its protein and folic acid.
- It is a cholesterol free food.
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How to make tapioca
The most common is to find tapioca pearls in super markets or supermarkets. After that you just have to follow 3 simple steps to prepare it.
- Heat 1 liter of water
- When it is boiling add 1 cup of tapioca spheres
- Cook over medium heat until they turn transparent.
Remember that there are a variety of tapioca recipes, you can use the flour to thicken soups, sauces and practically for every gluten-free recipe. While pearls are perfect for desserts and drinks.
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Although it is a food that does not contain bad cholesterol, tapioca provides a large number of calories, so it is recommended not to exceed its consumption, the ideal would be half a cup per day.
It is important to note that when you do not have a moderate consumption, tapioca can cause weight gain, diarrhea or upset stomach.
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