Bamboo Shoot Nutrition and Health Benefits
Updated: Apr 14
Research shows that there are numerous benefits for incorporating cooked bamboo shoots into your diet. For a vegetable, bamboo shoots are rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fiber, and minerals. They also contain very low fat. Take a look at the nutrition facts shown for a serving size of 100g Boiled/Cooked Bamboo Shoots (with no salt):
You’ll notice that cooked bamboo shoots are hypo-caloric (low calorie), low in fat, high in fiber and potassium, and contain a decent amount of protein for a vegetable.
A diet rich in fiber can regulate blood sugar levels, digestion, and some diseases (e.g. heart disease, diabetes). A diet low in fat can help with weight loss. Potassium rich foods help keep blood pressure levels healthy and are necessary to maintain normal functions of the heart, kidneys, and other organs.
Cooked bamboo shoots are also a great source of the mineral Copper, and a good source of Manganese and Zinc.
One very exciting discovery regarding the health benefits of eating cooked bamboo shoots, is its potential to prevent or fight off cancer cell development!
Research shows that bamboo shoots contain phytochemicals, which are proven to have potent anti-cancerous/anti-inflammatory properties (i.e. phytosterols, phenols, and dietary fibers).
To learn more about this exciting research, read this article, Therapeutic Potential of Bamboo Shoots against Cancer: An Overview.
Takeaways from this post:
Cooked bamboo shoots are vegetables with numerous benefits.
Bamboo shoots are low in calories and fat, high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6, all of which help the body to function properly.
Consuming bamboo shoots has the potential to prevent/fight off cancer.
Why not talk about raw bamboo shoots?
Raw bamboo shoots are inedible and contain harmful, hard-to-digest toxins that can only be diminished when cooked, much like potatoes or corn. We only recommend eating cooked bamboo shoots, but of course, you can cook them yourself using the freshest bamboo shoots (i.e. OnlyMoso Harvest bamboo shoots)!
Where can I find fresh bamboo shoots (that I can cook)?
Right here! OnlyMoso Harvest is the first commercial supplier of American-grown bamboo shoots. Look for us in markets and stores in the USA this 2021!