Tapioca Fiber / Starch (not soluble)

Dirty Keto Ingredient

What is Tapioca Fiber?

Tapioca Fiber (aka Tapioca Starch, Tapioca Fiber, or Tapioca Flour) refers to a starch that’s harvested from the cassava root — a tuber that’s native to South America. The cassava root is easy to grow and it’s a dietary staple in certain places in Asia, South America, and Africa. Tapioca has limited nutritional value, however, it’s affordable and has a variety of uses. Tapioca is typically a dried product and is sold as a white flour, flakes, or pearls. It’s a popular gluten-free and grain-free alternative

Keto Status?



Only soluble Tapioca Fiber or Non-IMO (isomalto-oligosaccharides from tapioca) is keto friendly. If it does not say “soluble” or “Non-IMO”, portions are digestible and can stop ketosis. IMO is not a resistant dextrin, but rather a fiber-like sweetener that the body almost completely breaks down into Glucose. Here is a great study on the topic, where scientists compare Soluble Corn Fiber (which is virtually chemically identical to Soluble Tapioca Fiber) to IMO and find a vast difference in blood sugar and insulin response.

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Tapioca Fiber?

May spike blood sugar and insulin and stop ketosis

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