The high concentrations of cellulose in bamboo have been shown to stimulate the appetite, prevent constipation, and improve digestion. Low-carbohydrate diets have been shown to help prevent or improve some medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
May reduce cholesterol levels
Promotes gut health
May support weight loss
Fresh bamboo shoots contain toxic amounts of the cyanide taxiphyllin. However, different processing methods greatly reduce their taxiphyllin content, making them generally safe for consumption.
To reduce the amount of taxiphyllin, the shoots must be boiled or soaked and dried prior to consumption.
Bamboo shoots are also considered goitrogenic, meaning that they may affect your thyroid gland function.
In one test-tube study, certain compounds extracted from bamboo shoots decreased the activity of the thyroid gland cells responsible for producing thyroid hormones.
Fortunately, getting enough iodine and selenium in your diet can help prevent thyroid dysfunction.
Cooking foods can also deactivate certain enzymes and decrease how many goitrogens remain.
Therefore, you can safely enjoy cooked bamboo shoots in moderation as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet, even if you have impaired thyroid function.