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 may not be completely 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 some 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
To 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!