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Is Tapioca Gluten Free

If you couldn’t find the right answer anywhere else we hope you do here. 

If you’re one of those people that have been wondering whether you can drink bubble tea or not because of the tapioca pearls, we’re here to help you out as much as possible. Especially if you’re the one that cannot digest gluten as best as you can. (Don’t worry, you’re not the only one). Everyone has some type of allergy right? 

Is Tapioca Gluten Free
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What is Gluten Exactly?

Before we get to answering the question about whether tapioca or tapioca pearls (boba pearls) are gluten free or not, we have to dissect what gluten actually is. For those that know already, we’ll give you a pass, go ahead and read the next section! But if you want, we invite you to stick around. 

Gluten by definition is a “substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.” According to Google search that is. 

So what are some examples of foods that have gluten in it? Foods that contain gluten are typically your carbohydrates like pastas, breads, grains and wheats. Here are some popular examples to give you some context. 

Examples of gluten filled foods: 

  • Pasta 
  • Cereal
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Croissants
  • Breads like wheat, rye etc 

Are Tapioca Pearls Gluten Free?

To answer your question, yes. Tapioca pearls are gluten free, here’s why. Tapioca pearls, otherwise known as boba pearls in some eyes, are made with tapioca starch that is derived from the cassava root. Cassava root is a plant based food that is known to make tapioca starch or flour when grounded up into a fine powder. In its purest or most natural form it is gluten free because it is not a grain or category of food classified as gluten. 

You’ll find that many of your gluten free products are actually made with a certain amount of tapioca starch or flour too! How crazy is that, bet you didn’t know that! (Or you did and we’re just out of the loop). 

So what does this mean? It means you’re safe if you want to drink some bubble tea with boba pearls. Your digestive system won’t dislike you, it’ll love you! Bubble tea is one of the most delicious drinks (and snacks from boba) that you can have on a hot summer day. Check out some of our favorite flavors here, we personally love a good thai milk tea. 

Is Tapioca Gluten Free
Brown sugar pearl milk tea from The Alley @dangit.all

Gluten Myths You Didn’t Know About 

We felt like giving you more information to give you a full understanding of what gluten is after answering your initial question about whether tapioca is gluten free. Let us know if you heard of any of these myths about gluten, we’re curious how true (or false) these can really be! 

Gluten Rich Foods Are Bad For You

This is a huge blanket statement around the idea of food. Yes, many of the foods (heavy pastas and delicious ice creams filled with fat) that contain gluten are indeed very bad for you, but there are some exceptions depending on what it is. Let’s take your typical, really well known wheat bread for example. Wheat bread contains many beneficial nutritional aspects like crucial vitamins and minerals like fiber, you think that’s bad for you? We’ll consider this myth bobafied (debunked)! 

A Gluten Free Diet Can Help You Lose Weight and Get You the Body You Want 

We’re no health experts here but we’re sure that this is definitely false. Consider this bobafied from the start! Gluten, sure has a certain effect on your digestive system and how you process foods but it doesn’t mean if you completely cut out gluten (allergic or not) that you’ll lose weight. Losing weight is a ‘balance of diet’ type of game, not a ‘cut one thing out’ type of game. Does that make sense at all? In other words, a healthy balance of your food pyramid in the right portions will yield a healthy weight for you, not eliminating one single thing from your diet. Remember, life is all about balance right? 

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Cutting Out Gluten Will Give You More Energy 

There’s people or believers out there that really think cutting out gluten completely is what gave them more energy. There’s been many studies out there from well known establishments that back arguments from research that foods that contain gluten are actually better to digest than those without. Crazy right, we know! Search it up for yourself, learn a little. We thought this was the most powerful myth to bobafy. It makes sense that eating gluten rich foods like heavy pastas make us sluggish, but when you think about it, is it really the gluten? Or is it the crazy portion you scarfed down? Hmm, a big bowl of pasta is delicious though… Nonetheless, don’t believe for one second that gluten is what makes you sluggish, there can be many factors like proper sleep, rest and balance in your overall diet. 


We hope we were able to answer you dying question about gluten free tapioca now? We hope so! Be sure to share this with the social buttons below if you think this helped you even one bit, it really means a lot to us. If you want to read whether boba or bubble tea is gluten free, be sure to check out this article by clicking here. We go in depth about how bubble tea is gluten free but the risks you should look out for to ensure it is completely gluten free! 

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