Health Benefits of Bamboo Shoots – Nutrients, Preparation, Varieties

The shoots of the bamboo plant is native to Asia, and a popular ingredient in Asian dishes, especially in Chinese foods. Bamboo shoots (new bamboo culms that come out of the ground) of the bamboo are available in supermarkets in various sliced forms, both fresh and canned versions.

Preparation of Canned Bamboo Shoots: The canned bamboo shoots are easier to obtain than fresh shoots. After opening the can, you can rinse them in hot water to remove the unpleasant smell and taste of the shoots. Another option is to briefly blanch them. Unused bamboo shoots should be stored in the refrigerator in a jar of water, with the water changed daily.

health benefits of bamboo shoots

fresh bamboo shoots

Varieties: There are two kind of edible bamboo shoots, the winter and spring shoots. Spring shoots are larger and tougher than winter shoots, which are considered to be a delicacy.

Health Benefits:

  • The high fiber content of bamboo shoots can help prevent chronic constipation.
  • Can help remove stomach worms.
  • Can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body.
  • Can help in weight loss due to low calorie content.
  • Can help cure toxemia (internal poisoning).
cooked bamboo shoots

simmered bamboo shoots

Nutrient Content: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 20 I.U.
  • Vitamin B: Thiamine .15 mg.
  • Riboflavin: .07 mg.
  • Niacin: 6 mg.
  • Vitamin C: 4 mg.
  • Calcium: 13 mg.
  • Iron: .5 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 59 mg.
  • Fat: .3 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 5.2 gm.
  • Protein: 2.6 gm.
  • Calories: 27

Recipe: Stir Fry Beef with Bamboo Shoots