In a recent press release, the company announced a new product that is suitable for baked goods, snacks, and frozen foods. Derived from the cassava plant’s root, this native, unmodified starch is certified gluten-free and is paleo and vegan-friendly. It is also grain-free, nut-free and non-GMO verified, making it an essential addition to the food developer’s better-for-you and clean label toolbox, according to AKFP, quoted by foodingredientsfirst.com.
AKFP’s Organic Native Tapioca Starch is effective as a thickener, filler, binder, and stabilizer in baked goods, extruded snacks, frozen foods, dry mixes, soups, sauces, gravies, and other products. It is a natural ingredient made in facilities that only process tapioca, or cassava, products without chemicals.
According to Mel Festejo, AKFP’s COO, tapioca starch is one of the world’s most globally traded starches for both food and industrial applications. “As with other commonly used food starches, tapioca starch is a good binder and thickener. Compared with starches from other feedstock, native tapioca exhibits less pronounced retrogradation. In its modified versions, tapioca starches give foods great stability in freeze-thaw applications,” he comments.
The starch has a bland, fairly neutral flavor that does not require masking and will allow natural flavors from other ingredients in a food product to be pronounced with less dosage.