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You may agree with me that the rise of Greek yogurt may have left cottage cheese unnoticed when strolling down the refrigerated aisle. Cottage cheese is a great source of protein with about 14 grams in a 4 ounce serving but a lot of people tend to love or hate. Cottage cheese is made from the curds of pasteurized cow’s milk and can be made with various levels of milk fat, such as non-fat, reduced-fat or regular. It’s called cottage cheese because it was commonly made at home or in “cottages” starting in the mid 1800s, although evidence exists that ancient Romans actually began the process. cottage cheese is one of the most versatile cheese around, it’s low in calories, low in carbs, high in calcium and it tricks the body in thinking its full.

 

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Cottage cheese is a creamy, granular, fresh cheese with mild flavor. It has a benefit of working with both savory and sweet flavors, so is versatile in the kitchen. It can also be eaten in different ways: by itself, with fruit and sugar (honey), with salt and pepper, with fruit puree, on toast, with tomatoes, in salads, as a replacement for mayonnaise in tuna salad or used as an ingredient in recipes such as desserts. When kept in the refrigerator, it lasts for 5 to 7 days or up to 3 months when kept in the freezer. Read on and find out why it is necessary to incorporate cottage cheese into your meals.

 

It is A Potential Source of Probiotics

Cottage cheese is a fermented food, so it usually contains probiotics. If you’re unsure if the brand you like has this beneficial bacteria, look for the word “cultured” on the label. Even better, find a brand that says “cultured after pasteurization” that means the live cultures weren’t heated (and thus destroyed) during the pasteurization process.

 

It Shuts Down Cravings

The casein protein in cottage cheese helps to prevent hunger pangs. Cottage cheese is considered a classic nighttime snack, perfect for those of us who have rumbling bellies. This is because, casein is a slow-release nutrient, so you will have a consistent supply of amino acids running through your body as you sleep.

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It Improves Digestion

Cottage cheese has decent amount of phosphorous which helps in digestion and excretion. The magnesium present in cottage cheese can also prevent constipation. Magnesium has a laxative effect. Which means it draws water into the stools, making them softer and easier to pass through the intestinal walls.

 

It Strengthens Bones And Teeth

Cottage cheese is one of the best sources of calcium. Experts say that cottage cheese can fulfill 8% of the daily recommended value (Yes.) 100 grams of cottage cheese has a whopping 83 grams of protein. Adequate calcium levels ensure healthy bones, teeth, and  healthy heart muscles.

 

It Prevents Breast Cancer

Cottage cheese is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Why? Because it contains calcium and vitamin D that are shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, which mostly occurs in pre-menopausal women.

 

It Promotes Weight Loss

Cottage cheese is a staple for many low-calorie diets. So it’s not surprising that it has become a fad diet on its own. The high amount of protein content in cottage cheese keeps you satiated for longer hours. Cottage cheese also contains linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid that further aids in the fat burning process of the body.

 

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It is Good For Pregnant Women

Cottage cheese contains various essential nutrients which makes it a wonderful dairy product for expectant mothers. Pregnant women also require calcium and phosphorous which is present in cottage cheese.

 

Different Ways To Incorporate This Healthy Cheese Into Your Meals

 

  • Add it to guacamole: Avocados are full of healthy fats that are good for you, but a serving size is 1/4 of medium-sized avocado. Get more out of your guacamole by using less avocado and more cottage cheese to get the same delicious result with boost in protein content.
  • Add it to your  favorite salad greens.
  • Add it to pancake batter to make Cottage Cheese Pancakes, which are much higher in protein than regular ones, but taste just as delicious.
  • Use in scrambled eggs to give your eggs an extra creamy texture.
  • Replace it with mayonnaise in your tuna and chicken salads.
  • Add to your your ice cream and smoothies, yes you read right. you can use cottage cheese as the base for homemade ice cream. Simply swap out the milk or cream mixture and replace it with blended cottage cheese. You can also add cottage cheese to your next smoothie to enhance creaminess and protein content.
  • Bake it into muffins, cakes, bread or dinner rolls.
  • Stir it into pasta. Cottage cheese gets warm and creamy and is especially good with lots of freshly ground pepper.
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Cottage Cheese Salad.

 

Caution

! Cottage cheese contains casein and whey, which some people are allergic to. If you have experienced an allergic reaction with any dairy product, then you may not be able to tolerate cottage cheese.

!  Also most cottage cheese is quite high in sodium, so if you are hypertensive (high blood pressure) look for brands that offer low-sodium choices. 

! Avoid cottage cheese if you are lactose intolerant since cottage cheese is a dairy product. However, the lactose content of cheese decreases as the cheese ages.

When people with lactose intolerance eat cottage cheese, they may experience digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea and stomach pain.

 

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