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“Wild salmon has a more robust content of vitamins and minerals per calorie compared to farmed fish,” Schmidt says. “The difference in the nutrition breakdown between farmed and wild fish is due to the diet the salmon is fed. Wild salmon eats other organisms found in its natural environment, where farmed fish are fed a higher-fat processed diet to produce larger fish.” Wild salmon tends to pack more calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium than farmed salmon.
Plus, wild salmon contains the antioxidant astaxanthin (it’s what makes salmon meat appear dark pink). This anti-inflammatory molecule has a host of benefits, including possibly improving muscle endurance. Wild salmon get their fill of the antioxidant by chowing down on astaxanthin-rich plankton, while farmed salmon only get a knockoff version that’s created from petrochemicals like coal.