Regular consumption of bamboo shoots are known to work wonders for cholesterol health. By reducing LDL levels significantly, these shoots fight the risk of heart diseases. If you are buying fresh shoots, look for fresh harvest. Choose firm and heavy sprouts with wide base and intact leaves. Avoid soft, dry roots. Take a close look at the base of the root whether or not it turning to green hue. Greenish discoloration indicates that the root was exposed to sunlight for a long time, over matured and bitter in taste.