Tapioca is a type of starch that is extracted from a root crop called cassava. This underground plant is local to the Northeast region of Brazil. Its use has spread across South America. The plant reached West India, Africa and Asia when explorers from Portugal and Spain transported them. It got its name from the word tipioka, spoken by the Tupi; natives from the Northeast region of Brazil. Tipioka is actually the process of making the cassava starch safe for consumption.
Tapioca is a staple food in many countries around the world. It is widely used as a thickening agent in food.
Tapioca is not mostly known to cause allergies to the human body, but since a lot of the food we consume like dairy products have tapioca content, people can mistake it to be allergy from tapioca. Allergies can be caused by anything and allergic reactions can vary from person to person. Therefore, it is first best to find out if you have tapioca allergy by trying out the following steps:
- Buy some minute tapioca pearls.
- Mix it with water (adding sugar is optional).
- Taste the food and observe if your body shows some allergic reaction.
This very simple method may help you find out if you really have tapioca allergy or not. Proceed with caution though since you are not sure how your body will take it. A lot of the baby foods and desserts for children out in the market have tapioca content. Many children have been known to have tapioca allergy, so be keen to check the labels of the products you are about to buy if your kid has this type of allergy. Make sure it does not have tapioca in it. Another test you could do to check if you have tapioca allergy is to use it to make cookies or other pastries. You then eat what you have made and see if any adverse effects to your body take place.
Allergic reactions to tapioca can include any of the following:
- Dilated pupils;
- Abdominal pains;
It is best to seek the advice of a medical professional if you reason to believe or have confirmed that you are allergic to tapioca. Though allergies to tapioca is not very common, it is still best to try and rule out any possible contamination the possibility of any allergic reaction to a different substance in a product. To be sure, it is recommended to steer clear from any products that contain tapioca to prevent serious and even life threatening reactions which could lead to death. If in the event that you may have accidentally consumed or come into contact with tapioca when you are allergic to it, you may take some Benadryl which is available in your local drug store. As always, if symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.