Cottage cheese is very popular across all cuisines worldwide. It is delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare. It can be added in dishes to replace high calorie ingredients such as fatty varieties of cheese or meat. Compared to other varieties of cheese it is low in fat as well as healthier. Vegetarians consume this cheese as it is packed with protein. The cheese is a favorite among athletes and body builders. Normal folk also benefit from this healthy cheese.
How is Cottage Cheese prepared?
To make this cheese milk is first boiled and then curdled by adding acidic elements such as vinegar or lime. When the milk gets heated up, it begins to curdle and lumps of curds are formed. Then pressure is applied on the curd lumps and the whey comes out and a large lump of this cheese is formed. The difference from other cheeses is that this cheese is a fresh curd that is relatively bland.
We take a look at some of the health benefits of cottage cheese.
Helps in Weight Loss
This cheese in very low in calories. Also, it is very tasty if prepared in the right way. So, if you have hunger pangs or cravings for comfort food reach out for that other slice of cottage cheese. In fact, it is one of the healthiest comfort foods.
This food is rich in casein a protein. Casein is digested over a long time by the human body. So, if you have this food before bedtime you will not feel hungry in the night and will feel less hungry in the morning. Hence you will consume less food which is a major factor for effective weight loss.
This cheese is rich in both protein and calcium. The latter two elements are primarily instrumental in the development as well as maintenance of muscles.
Helps in Bone and Teeth Health
If the body is deficient in calcium it takes the substance from the bones which may lead to osteoporosis. This cheese contains lot of calcium and phosphorous. The latter two help built bone density, bone strength and healthy teeth.
A Final Note
A word of caution. If you are lactose intolerant avoid this cheese. However, some companies prepare cottage cheese specially so that it can be consumed by lactose intolerant individuals. Also, some varieties of cottage cheese may be high in sodium which is bad for hypertension sufferers. So, eat cottage cheese in moderation. Else buy only low sodium or sodium free brands of cottage cheese. It is preferable that you prepare cottage cheese at home so that you can be sure of its ingredients.
If you have experienced other health benefits by eating cottage cheese, please share your knowledge so that others may benefit.