Cottage Cheese Nutrition Facts
Cottage cheese nutrition… Low in fat, high in protein and carbs, full of minerals and vitamins. It is one of the first cheeses ever known, first produced by Greeks and Egyptians and the term was first used in 1848. The name comes from ‘cottages’ where the cheese was made from any milk left over after making butter.
There are 100s of cheese varieties in the world and cottage cheese has to be one of the best known. It maintains the whey content as it is not pressed dry like other type of cheeses because it is only drained. The cottage cheese does not go through aging process and is usually washed to give a mild flavor.
Nowadays it is quite rare to find natural cottage cheese made frommesophilic starter culture, rennet and milk. The varieties you find in the supermarkets are less tangy and are produced in a much shorter period of time. The low fat supermarket cottage cheese is made from curds that were prepared using skim milk or other milk products that are low in fat. This usually alters the original flavor of the cheese.
Cottage Cheese Nutrition and Health Benefits:
• Cottage cheese nutrition profile: 100g of it has about 105 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 2.7 g carbohydrates, and 12.5 g protein. It also contains about 500 mg sodium, 70 mg calcium and 20 mg cholesterol.
• Low fat and fat-free versions have only about eighty calories but many fat-free cheeses are high in sodium and sugar, so read labels carefully.
• Cottage cheese is full of vitamins and minerals- iron, calcium, zinc and selenium that help protect your bones, body and health.
• It is a favorite for gym goers and body builders as it is low in fat and high in right sort of protein for lean muscle growth- casein.
• It is one of the best non-meat sources of protein around. The high protein content of cottage cheese and its high casein content make it a high satiety food so it reduces hunger for longer periods of time. So it is a beneficial food for weight loss.
• Calcium in cottage cheese is important not only for building strong bones, but also for maintaining normal blood pressure.
• It is safe to eat during pregnancy.
Cottage Cheese, The Versatile Food:
• A low fat and healthy alternative to other higher fat cheeses.
• Served with fruit as a dessert. Feel free to also add some flax seeds, nuts and granola.
• Used on baked potatoes instead of sour cream.
• A refreshing warm weather side dish, with added herbs and spices.
• A great substitute for ricotta cheese in lasagna.
• Just like yogurt, can replace high fat creamy ingredients in your cooking.
• Becomes smooth when blended in a food processor and can be used as a base for dips and salad dressings.
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Cottage Cheese Nutrition- References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottage_cheese: Cottage Cheese Nutrition .
“Definition of cottage”. Online Etymology Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=cottage&searchmode=none. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
“Making Cottage Cheese at Home 1977″. United States Department of Agriculture Home and Garden Bulletin Number 129. http://agnic.msu.edu/hgpubs/modus/morefile/hg129_77.pdf.