We can live without meat, but without bamboo it would be death" (Confucious)
Bamboo shoot is a typical Asian food with very interesting nutritional properties. Externally the bud is covered with a thick and very resistant envelope of leaves and inside we can find a pulpy white-cream bud. It is crisp and has a delicate and unmistakable taste.
The bamboo shoots offer different benefits for the health of our body. It is a vegetable with few fats and sugars, with only 27 calories and is indicated in low-calorie diets.
Bamboo shoots have interesting nutritive elements. For the Washington State University and the Panjab University in India the bamboo shoot inserted in a normal diet reduces free radicals and lowers the cholesterol in the blood, it also improves appetite and digestion. Bamboo shoot also possesses B-group vitamins essential for the correct metabolic functioning of the body including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and pantothenic acid and is rich in minerals such as copper and manganese.
Recent findings also confirm the presence in the bamboo shoot of calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper and potassium.