Bamboo Shoots Show Potential as a Health Food
Researchers from Punjab University in India recently conducted a review which found that bamboo shoots have the potential to be a "new health food." Their findings were published in the May 2011 issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.
In the review, the researchers found that recent research has shown that bamboo shoots may be effective at cancer prevention, weight loss, lowering cholesterol and improving appetite and digestion.
Bamboo shoots are a traditional forest vegetable that have been consumed in China for more than 2,500 years. They are rich in nutrients and, while they rank among the 5 most popular health foods in the world, they have not yet been popularized in Western cultures.
Bamboo shoots are high in antioxidants and have been reported to contain anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties. They also have significant nutritional value as they are low in calories, high in dietary fiber and rich in protein, amino acids, minerals and carbohydrates.
It is easy to add bamboo shoots to various dishes such as Asian noodles and salads. The shoots can also be eaten by themselves.