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Tapioca

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Type: Grains
Occasion: On-the-mend
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: White
Nourishes: Plasma
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic, Tamasic, Acidifying
Nutrient: Carbohydrate

Serving Size: 1/4 c
Species: Manihot esculenta
Family: Euphorbiaceae
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Tapioca will continue to absorb water even in the colon, leading to dryness and constipation. Make sure your tapioca is fully cooked to avoid this. Also, tapioca is very sticky and may end up forming a large mass in the cecum, leading to stagnation of the bowels.
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Tapioca is actually made from tree resin. Like most resins tapioca is sticky.
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John Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

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Why is tapioca listed as being both tamasic and sattvic? Is that possible?

- Jess, Allen park, MI, 10-03-12 (Reply)
Yes - tapioca is sattvic in the same milk is sattvic - it nourishes ojas, has wholesomeness and purity. However, it is heavy, and that makes it tamasic as well - like milk.
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 10-04-12 (Reply)

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