We have all heard of bamboo, but did you know that this humble plant is actually stronger than steel? Bamboo is just big, hollow grass from the tropics with an extensive root system, but don’t let that simple definition fool you. Bamboo is an incredibly versatile plant with unique properties and more uses than one could possibly imagine.
A certain type of bamboo actually holds the world record as the fastest growing plant ever. This bamboo was able to grow as fast as 35 inches in a single day! This translates into nearly 1.5 inches per hour. You could literally sit there and see the bamboo growing before your eyes. Due to how fast bamboo grows, it is considered one of the most renewable plants on earth. As soon as the bamboo is harvested, it just starts growing again.
The natural antibacterial properties of bamboo fibers make bamboo a great material for use in clothing. Bamboo and cotton were tested for how much bacteria they killed over a 24-hour period, and the bamboo killed nearly all of the bacteria, while the cotton did not kill any. The benefits of this translate to less stinky and cleaner clothes, sheets, diapers, towels – and yep you guessed it sani pads. These antibacterial properties are also very attractive for wound dressings, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the bandages.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge that bamboo is super strong and antibacterial, you may think it would make a terrible food, but you would be mistaken. Bamboo shoots are a common food throughout Asia, and although not high in many nutrients, the shoots have very little fat and calories. Bamboo shoots are also a good source of healthy fiber. The shoots are cut from the plant when it is still in its infancy, and only about 6 inches tall. Not only do humans eat bamboo, but it is the main food of the much-beloved panda. Pandas literally eat nothing but bamboo, and yet they still grow up to over 200 pounds. Fascinating hey!
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