What is Tapioca Starch
Molecular structure of amylose and amylopectin. Longer amylose molecules tend to make a product’s texture stringy because of the way they associate. The molecular weight of the amylose also affects the elasticity of a gel. Longer molecules tend to associate more strongly and produce stronger, more brittle gels, but there is a limit to this effect.
The Uses of Tapioca Starch
In addition to its cooking uses, the pearls have been used to starch clothes by boiling the pearls with the clothes. Tapioca is a grain- and gluten-free product that has many uses:
Adhesive and Glue Industry
Tapioca Starch is popular in the adhesive industry due to its appreciable binding capacity due to its high viscosity sticky properties when mixed with water or certain chemicals.
It is used to reduce manufacturing costs because of its efficiency as a thickener. It is also used to delay the melting of ice cream.
It is used in thread process in order to reduce friction and fraying. It is also used to increase flexibility of the thread generated.
In the paper industry, it is used to increase the elasticity and concentration of the paper before the pulp is pressed into sheets.
There are not many documented cases of allergic reaction to cassava or tapioca. However, people allergic to latex may experience allergic reactions due to cross-reactivity. That means that your body mistakes compounds in cassava for allergens in latex, causing an allergic reaction. This is also known as the latex-fruit syndrome.