Cottage Cheese, the Dairy Delight Said to be Making a Comeback
[This article was previously published in the spring issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.]
by Anne Ross, JD
Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute
In the early 1970s, the average American ate five pounds of cottage cheese per year. Since then, the dairy staple has declined in popularity, often relegated to restaurant salad bars between the gelatin desserts and canned peaches.
This is a shame because, in its simplest form, cottage cheese is a very nutritious food. It is low in calories and high in dietary protein. One cup of cottage cheese can pack 25 grams of protein, which accounts for over 70% of the calories in cottage cheese.
Fitness enthusiasts and athletes look to cottage cheese for its high content of casein protein. Casein is slow-digesting, which means it feeds cells over a long period of time, and is thought to reduce muscle breakdown.
Like many dairy products, cottage cheese is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus. It is also a good source of B-complex vitamins, which promote heart health, digestion, and metabolic and brain functions. B vitamins are necessary for proper enzyme production and operation, which makes them critical in muscle building, fat loss, immune function, and blood health.
A stroll through your local grocery store will confirm that yogurt is still the queen of dairy (check out our Yogurt Scorecard to find the healthiest options), but you will also likely see an array of flavored cottage cheese.
Recent market data suggests that this once-beloved dairy delight is prime for a global comeback. Food manufacturers have begun to introduce these flavored lines and some that have “mix-ins” of fruits and nuts. Large consumer packaged goods companies are targeting millennials with novel versions of traditionally wholesome cottage cheese.
Which of these products are the protein-packed and calcium-rich curds of cheese people have been eating for health and nutrition for centuries? Read Full Article »