There’s no reason to omit muffins from your diet with this recipe! These vegetarian carrot pineapple muffins are perfect as part of your breakfast or for a quick mid-morning or afternoon snack! Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Carrots are also rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
According to a study published in the Nutrition Journal, carrots have been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing the total amount of antioxidants in the body and by decreasing lipid peroxidation. The beta-carotene in carrots has also been found to inhibit cancers, destroy free radical scavengers, and enhance anti-mutagenic and immuno-enhancers in the body.
As well as having high amounts of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, pineapples also contain high amounts of thiamine, a B vitamin that is involved in energy production. Pineapples are also high in vitamin C which has been shown to be effective against heart disease. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
One of pineapples main enzymes, bromelain, has been used for hundreds of years to improve gastrointestinal health, reduce indigestion, and practically eliminate inflammation in the body.
Want a good reason to eat muffins? This recipe is the best excuse you’ve ever had! Chow down and let us know what you think of these healthy muffins in the comments below!
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