Bamboo shoots or bamboo sprouts are the edible shoots of many bamboo species including Bambusa vulgaris and Phyllostachys edulis. They are used as vegetables in numerous Asian dishes and broths. They are sold in various processed shapes, and are available in fresh, dried, and canned versions. Bamboo shoots contain phytochemicals, which have antibacterial and antiviral effects in the body. They are a good source of dietary fibre. Bamboo shoots contain potassium, important for a healthy heart and to maintain normal blood pressure. Bamboo shoots are low in calories and are considered weight-loss friendly. According to experts, 1 cup of bamboo shoots contains about 13 calories and half a gram of fat. They are also high in dietary fibre, which helps in digestion and keeps you full for a longer duration.