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Nutritional value of bamboo shoots

Bamboo shoots have potential as a health food.

An article in the May issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety reviews the nutritional properties of bamboo shoots and their health benefits.

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. Consumption of bamboo shoots is mainly concentrated in Southeast Asia, where they are a popular ingredient in the local cuisine. The juvenile shoots are rich in nutrient components, mainly proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and fibre and are low in fat and sugars. In addition, they contain phytosterols.

The authors say 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 the authors suggest that bamboo shoots can be one of them. Bamboo fibre is now used as an ingredient in breakfast cereals, fruit juices, bakery and meat products, sauces, shredded cheeses, cookies, pastas, snacks, frozen desserts, and many other food products.

Read abstract: Nutritional Properties of Bamboo Shoots: Potential and Prospects for Utilization as a Health Food by Nirmala Chongtham, Madho Singh Bisht and Sheena Haorongbam, published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 153-168

Article details

  • Author(s)
  • R. Wood
  • Date
  • 28 April 2011
  • Source
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Subject(s)
  • Nutrition & health