Tapioca Resistant Dextrin: A Gut-Friendly Fiber
What is tapioca resistant dextrin?
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the role of prebiotic fibers in digestive health and overall well-being. One type of prebiotic fiber that is gaining recognition is tapioca resistant dextrin. But what is tapioca resistant dextrin and how can it benefit our health?
Tapioca resistant dextrin or tapioca fiber is a type of soluble fiber derived from tapioca starch which in its turn can be found in cassava root. Cassava root is a starchy and fibrous tuber of the cassava plant, which has a slightly nutty and earthy taste. It has a long history of use in cooking, with origins dating back to the Maya in Yucatán over 4,000 years ago. Today, cassava root is grown globally because it is resistant to pests and requires minimal water. It is a drought-tolerant crop that can be grown on poor quality soils and yields reasonably well in areas where other crops do not thrive. Cassava is a woody shrub with fan-shaped leaves that’s native to South America. Tapioca resistant dextrin is created through a process that partially breaks down the starch, resulting in a type of soluble fiber that is resistant to digestive enzymes.
Discovering the health benefits of tapioca resistant dextrin
The resistance of tapioca resistant dextrin to digestive enzymes means that it travels relatively unchanged through the small intestine and into the large intestine, where it becomes a source of food for the beneficial bacteria that live there. By providing a source of fuel for these bacteria, tapioca resistant dextrin can help to promote healthy gut microbiota, which has been linked to a range of benefits including improved digestion, enhanced immunity and reduced risk of chronic diseases.
In addition to its prebiotic properties, tapioca resistant dextrin has a number of other health benefits. It may have a positive impact on blood glucose control, making it a useful ingredient for those with diabetes.
Another advantage of tapioca resistant dextrin is its taste and texture. Tapioca resistant dextrin has a neutral flavor and a smooth, creamy texture that makes it a great ingredient for functional food and drink products. This is why we've included it in our functional mocktails at Heyu, to enhance the overall functionality without affecting taste.
Tapioca resistant dextrin in Heyu
At Heyu, we believe in incorporating the power of tapioca resistant dextrin to enhance digestive health in our mocktails. Our blend of agave inulin and tapioca fiber creates a prebiotic-rich drink with at least 3g of prebiotic fiber per 100 mL.