Is Cottage Cheese Healthy?

Everything comes around full circle, and it’s time for cottage cheese to get its day," says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, Synergy HealthCare Technologies COO

Additionally, it's really versatile. You can discover sweet and savory recipes that call for it, and the dairy case has single-serving cups, new flavors, and labels promoting live active cultures, high protein, and smooth texture

Cottage cheese is fresh, unlike cheddar or Parmesan. An acid or acid-producing culture is added to nonfat milk to separate the liquid whey protein from the curds


The curds make cottage cheese lumpy. Ricotta cheese, which looks like ricotta, is formed from cheesemaking whey. Cottage cheese labels indicate if it has large or small curds

The resulting cheese is high-volume, low-calorie, and high-protein. A half-cup portion of full-fat (4% milk fat) plain cottage cheese includes 115 calories, 13 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat (3 grams saturated)

Cottage cheese with added sugars has more calories than regular cottage cheese. Check the label: Added sugars range from 5 grams (a teaspoon) to 14 grams (3.5 teaspoons) per serving.

A half-cup of full-fat cottage cheese provides 14% of the daily value for phosphorous, which your body uses to process energy, nearly a third of your vitamin B12, which helps nerves and blood cells, and 8% of your calcium

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