Bamboo shoots can be purchased sliced fresh or canned. If purchasing canned, ensure that the cans are not puffed. Check the brand, manufacturing and expiry date before purchasing. Do note that canned bamboo shoots are parboiled. Modern research finds that the bamboo shoot has a number of medicinal benefits, from cancer prevention and weight loss to improving appetite and digestion. It is also low in sugar and therefore can be used for treating hypertension, hyperlipemia and hyperglycemia.