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Bamboo shoots: The next health food?

Well known for its industrial uses, a lesser known fact of bamboos is the usage of its young shoots as a food that can be consumed fresh, fermented, or canned.

An article in the May issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety explores the use of bamboo as a potential health food. The juvenile shoots are not only delicious but are rich in nutrient components, mainly proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and fibre and are low in fat and sugars. In addition, they contain phytosterols and a high amount of fibre that are attracting the attention of health advocates and scientists alike.

Modern research has revealed that bamboo shoots have a number of health benefits: improving appetite and digestion, weight loss, and curing cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The shoots are reported to have anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral activity. Shoots have antioxidant capacity due to the presence of phenolic compounds.

The increasing trends of health consciousness among consumers have stimulated the field of functional foods, and bamboo shoots can be one of them. Bamboo fibre is now a common ingredient in breakfast cereals, fruit juices, bakery and meat products, sauces, shredded cheeses, cookies, pastas, snacks, frozen desserts, and many other food products.

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