Bamboo shoots, raw

Fun Facts

  1. Bamboo shoots are one of very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fresh canes hold just only 27 calories.
  2. Bamboo heart compose of moderate levels of soluble and non-soluble (NSP-non starch carbohydrates) dietary fiber. 100 g of fresh shoots provide 2.2 g of roughage. Dietary fiber helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines. Studies suggest that high-fiber diet can help cut down colon-rectal cancer risk by protecting intestines from the toxic compounds in the food.
  3. Bamboo hearts are also rich in B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid those are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  4. Bamboo is good in minerals, especially manganese and copper. In addition, it has small amounts of some essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Manganese is utilized by the human body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for cellular respiration and red blood cell formation.

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