Tapioca starch is a popular, versatile, gluten-free starch made from the starch of cassava root. It is an excellent substitute for more diet friendly dishes. It provides a crispy crust and chewy texture in gluten free baked goods. It also serves as an effective thickening agent for other recipes such as pudding, cookie dough, sauces, soups and gravies. Tapioca starch is also used as a binding agent in blended meat products like sausages.