Tapioca in Grain Free Pet Food not Made in the USA

Tapioca in Grain Free Pet Food not Made in the USA

Many grain free pet foods on the market today use tapioca as an ingredient, and for very good reason.  Tapioca is used as the starch source to bind together all the other ingredients for the final product consistency and form.  All commercially prepared dry pet foods must contain a form of starch or the final product will be a bunch of crumbs.  Compare this to adding bread crumbs to meatloaf…the bread crumbs are binding the remaining ingredients together so a loaf shape can be formed.

Is Tapioca Healthy?

Yes, the carbohydrate is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include a very low level of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is also a rich source of dietary fiber, “good” cholesterol, and protein. Furthermore, tapioca contains members of the vitamin B-complex, including pantothenic acid, folate, and B6, as well as iron, manganese, calcium, copper, and selenium.  Besides, if you’ve ever had tapioca pudding, your taste buds will never forget it…in a good way, of course!  😉

Where does Tapioca Come From?

Tapioca comes from the starch extracted from the cassava root, which is native to Africa and South America.

Is Your Grain Free Pet Food Made in the USA?

With all the buzz and rightful reasons to want to feed a grain free pet food to your dog and cat that is made in the USA, it’s important to check the ingredients on your pet’s food bag.  Many pet food companies claim their grain free formulas are made in the USA; however, if you look close enough at the ingredients and you see tapioca listed, the company you are trusting with your pet’s nutrition is not being truthful.  What else could they be hiding?

For a company to claim their grain free dog and cat food formulas are made in the USA, ALL ingredients MUST be USA-sourced ingredients.  Since tapioca is NOT from the United States, the company cannot say their grain free pet food formulas are Made in the USA.

Call to Action – We Need your Help

Call to ActionTo increase pet consumer awareness, we are in the process of compiling a list of all grain free pet food brands using tapioca as a starch source, stating these formulas are Made in the USA.  If your grain free pet food is made in the USA and tapioca is one of the ingredients, please list the brand name, formula name and where you purchased this pet food in the comments below.

If you’re not using one of these formulas and know the brands that do, please list this in the comments.  It’s important that pet parents know the truth about the food they are feeding their pets.

So What is a Grain Free Pet Food Made in the USA Without Tapioca?

Many companies are using peas and sweet potatoes as the starch source to bind ingredients.  Life’s Abundance is such a company, and since all ingredients are US sourced, we can say that Life’s Abundance Grain Free Dog and Cat Food formulas are truly Made in the USA.  Our ingredients are of the highest quality, prepared in small batches to ensure freshness, guaranteed health-promoting probiotics, holistic veterinarian formulated and from a company NEVER on a RECALL List!

Learn more about these high quality products here:  Life’s Abundance Grain Free Dog Food and Life’s Abundance Grain Free Cat Food.

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6 Responses

  1. kim lindsey says:

    Get Naked Low Calorie Dental chew sticks for dogs.
    They say they are made in the USA and I have been buying them on Amazon. They have tapioca in them.

    Thank you, is there a dental bone you can recommend?

  2. Brenda Jones says:

    BLUE BASICS GRAIN-FREE FORMULA INDOOR MATURE, TURKEY AND POTATO. I’ve been feeding my 2 15 yr old cats this for about 3-4 mos. Both of them used to vomit frequently & I tried many different types of dry food. I tried ones for sensitive stomachs, hairballs, etc. It wasn’t until I tried them on the Blue Grain-Free. Both of my cats have stopped the frequent vomiting. It’s very rare now & when they do, it’s just that they were eating too fast. The ingredients start out:Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Pea Protein Concentrate, Pea Fiber, Potatoes, & so on. I shop @ Petsmart

    • Bree says:

      Glad your cats are doing well on Blue, but you couldn’t pay me enough money to buy and feed Blue pet products….they’ve been on the recall list one too many times.

  3. Sara says:

    Natures Instinct Limited Ingredient Formula Dry Cat Food is grain free with tapioca and made in the U.S.A.

  4. Sara says:

    Whoops. I meant Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet – Turkey Meal Formula Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is one flavor and does contain tapioca. It is made in the USA.

  5. Bethany says:

    I read an entire article about how cassava rooot is dangerous to feed animals, this is just part of the scary article:

    “Furthermore, natural tapioca contains cyanogenic glycosides (specifically linamarin and lotaustralin) which yield hydrocyanic acid upon hydrolysis (as occurs in the stomach). Hydrocyanic acid (hydrogen cyanide) is highly toxic to humans and animals. In fact, hydrogen cyanide is a chemical warfare agent and was used in Germany’s gas chambers and is used for execution today in the U.S. The toxicity is dose dependent and therefore animals or humans fed a steady diet of any food that yields hydrogen cyanide are at risk.
    “Cyanide is an irreversible enzyme inhibitor in cellular respiration pathways. Cyanide ions bind to the iron atom of the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase (also known as aa3) in the fourth complex in mitochondrial membranes. This denatures the enzyme, and the final transport of electrons from cytochrome c oxidase to oxygen cannot be completed. As a result, the electron transport chain is disrupted, meaning that the cell can no longer aerobically produce ATP for energy. In effect, it stops the body from “breathing.”
    The levels that could be reached in a “no grain” tapioca-based pet food could certainly reach dangerous levels. Levels of hydrogen cyanide above 100 parts per million (ppm) in a finished food are considered unacceptable. In a “no grain” formulated pet food, depending upon the type and amount of tapioca used, levels in a typical formula could reach over 1026.3 mg/kg, or 718.85 ppm! The minimal lethal dosage in humans is about 50-60mg. A 60 lb. dog eating an average amount of a “no-grain” tapioca-based pet food could be ingesting 17.6 mg of hydrogen cyanide per day. Considering that this dog is about one third the weight of an average human, on a per weight basis it would be receiving 52.8 mg (3 X 17.6 mg) of hydrogen cyanide, which is within the lethal dose (50-60 mg) range. Even if this calculation is on the high side, lower hydrogen cyanide levels would at the least put the animal at risk of chronic toxicity.”

    How are we ever supposed to find any safe, healthy food for our cats?! The “healthy” natural cat foods contains veggies, fruit, potatoes, fish ( fish causes mercury poisoning)-and none of these things cats are supposed to have. Some even have guar gym (?) which is a huge no-no. Now this root… which is also dangerous. So frustraing! What can we feed them that is grain free, safe and without this root??

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