You’ve heard doctors say you need essential fatty acids to keep your brain and body healthy, right? They often tell you that fish, especially antioxidant-rich salmon, are the best sources of these fats. It’s true – salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also a good source of phosphorous, potassium, and selenium. Of course, salmon’s also an awesome source of protein. Most importantly, it’s rich in astaxanthin, which gives it its pinkish color. Astaxanthin is arguably one of the most powerful antioxidants that not only fights cancer, but researchers also found it acts as a sunscreen if you consume it 24 hours before sun exposure. Because of these properties, astaxanthin is being marketed as a natural, internal sunscreen.
So how does almond milk compare? Well, it doesn’t have as much protein as salmon, but has a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also rich in calcium, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin A. It’s also rich in antioxidants. Almond milk might not have all of salmon’s nutrients, but it does offer other nutrients salmon doesn’t. Of course, almond milk won’t bestow sunscreen defenses to your skin like salmon, but if you hate fish, it’s an awesome alternative for essential fatty acids.