Nutritional Benefits of Bamboo Shoot
Here is a brief overview of the nutrient benefits of edible bamboo shoots that make them a ‘functional food’- and for the vegetarians, paleos and those into health, beauty and fitness – I’m sure you’ll be delighted;
High in nutrient rich compounds:
Bioactive compounds (BACs)
BACs in plants are extra nutritional constituents that occur in small quantities that provide health benefits beyond the basic nutritional value of the product. BACs are known to elicit pharmacological and toxicological effects in humans and animals. In bamboo shoots, BACs come in e form of phenolic compounds; phytosterols and dietary fibre
Phenolic compounds (PCs)
Products of secondary metabolism that are known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatorie, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, cardioprotective and vasodilating properties. It has also been suggested that PCs have additional effects such as anti-ageing and anti-fatigue.
Found in the oil fraction of the plant, phytosterols are a cholesterol-lowering agent that hence aids in cardiovascular health. There is also evidence to suggest that phytoseterols display anticancer properties. The predominant sterols found in bamboo shoots are; B-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol.
Bamboo shoots are a great source of protein yielding approximately 2-2.5grams of protein for every 100grams. Bamboo proteins include 17 essential amino acids and 2 semi-essential amino acids.
Minerals & Vitamins
Bamboo shoots have a realm of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, B6, E, niacin, folate, thiamin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, selenium, zinc, copper and iron.
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