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Bamboo Shoots: a Healthy Food for Health-Conscious Consumers

With the rising cost of medical services and medical insurance, it is always an ideal time to start taking better care of yourself. A proper diet, exercise, getting enough sleep—all of that contribute to a better you. One thing that would also contribute to a better you is the integration of bamboo shoots into your diet. Bamboo shoots are not exactly a usual thing that appears on people’s menus, but with the right recipes, it can be a healthy and tasty treat all in one. Boiling these shoots for 20-30 minutes would get rid of the natural bitterness that these shoots have, as well as soften the plant up.

Bamboo shoot
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So, why exactly should bamboo shoots be included in our diet? Here are a few good reasons to do so:

Bamboo is low in calories.

Bamboo shoots are actually low in calories, so not only are bamboo shoots healthy, but having bamboo shoots in your diet would help you lose weight. On average, a cup of these Bamboo shoots only have 13 calories. A cup would only have half a gram of fat. So you can go and have a cup of these shoots and if you still feel hungry afterwards, another cup would not really hurt.

Bamboo shoots are high in fiber.

Again, for those who are trying not just to be healthier but also lose weight, bamboo shoots are the ideal meal choice. Being high in fiber, bamboo shoots contribute a lot in lowering your cholesterol. This also regulates your digestion more properly, and provides you with a more enhanced feeling of satisfaction after meals. One serving of bamboo covers 10% of the daily requirements of dietary fiber, so if you are looking to alter your lifestyle and steer it into a much healthier direction, bamboo shoots are the way to go.

Bamboo shoots are rich in potassium.

With 640 milligrams of potassium per serving, bamboo shoots go a long way in helping you lower your blood pressure.

Bamboo shoots are chock full of phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are substances that are found in plants, and bamboo shoots in particular have phytochemicals helpful in combating cancer, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Bamboo shoots also have phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties and contain anti-oxidants that clean your system.

Bamboo shoots are clearly very healthy, and adding them to your regular diet would do wonders to your nutrition. After all, you’ve never encountered an unhealthy panda, right?

Here are a couple of suggestions for your bamboo eating pleasure:

Stir-fried beef and bamboo shoots

A popular Chinese food dish that only takes a total of 30 minutes to prepare and cook, check out this recipe. What’s great about this dish is that you can make healthier adjustments if you choose, like the inclusion of tofu or other similar things. This dish shows that you can be healthy while still giving yourself a decent dish to enjoy.

Stir-fried bacon and bamboo shoots.

Now this is an intriguing combination, what with bacon having a reputation for being unhealthy. Then again, it’s all about moderation. Check out the recipe for this deceptively healthy dish here. This shows that with the right dish, you can still enjoy items like bacon as long as you counter it with something as healthy as bamboo shoots.

As you can see, with all the health benefits and even culinary options, bamboo shoots may well be the key item your healthy diet is missing. Be sure to add bamboo to your diet as soon as possible to see and marvel at the really healthy results!

 

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This article is contributed by MoneyMax, Philippines leading comparison website. This portal helps individuals in saving money by comparing credit cards, personal loans, medical insurance and broadband plans.

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