Organic cottage cheese is a type of unripened cheese made from grass-fed milk. Organic cottage cheese is made by curdling milk with either an acidic agent like lemon juice or vinegar, or with a complex of enzymes known as rennet. The milk protein that coagulates, called curd, is separated from the residual liquid and further drained utilizing cheesecloth so as to yield the final product. Organic cottage cheese is not pressed and so the solidified curds stay loose.
Organic cottage cheese comes in two varieties namely the large-curd or chunk style and the small-curd cottage cheese. Large-curd cottage cheese is made using the coagulating agent rennet and this keeps the curds from disintegrating into pieces, hence the name of this type of cottage cheese. Small-curd cottage cheese, meanwhile, is made utilizing lemon juice or vinegar as a coagulating agent, resulting in acidic-tasting cheese.
Organic cottage cheese is favored by food enthusiasts for its distinct flavor. It’s quite popular because it’s easy to make at home as well. Although this may be the case, this unripened cheese should still be eaten only in small or medium servings.
Read on and learn more about the pros and cons of organic cottage cheese and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate consumption of this protein source.
Organic Cottage Cheese Benefits:
Organic cottage cheese comes from grass-fed cows. It has been proven that grass-fed cows’ milk has higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). When you include organic cottage cheese in your diet, you may take advantage of the CLA, a type of unsaturated fat found to help promote cardiovascular health and weight loss.
There are considerable amounts of proteins in this type of cheese as well. 4 ounces or 8 tablespoons of organic cottage cheese can provide you with approximately 14 grams of protein, which is about a fourth of the average daily recommended amount for this nutrient.
This cheese is favored by dieters because of its low calorie content as well. 4 ounces or 8 tablespoons of organic cottage cheese has approximately 120 calories, or just a fourth of the calorie content for the same serving of cheddar cheese, for instance.
Organic Cottage Cheese Risks:
Organic cottage cheese is unripened which means it has not been subjected through fermentation and aging, processes that aid in breaking down harmful bacteria that may be present in the milk. Organic cottage cheese should then be made from pasteurized grass-fed milk to ensure that unsafe microorganisms have been eliminated from the milk first and foremost.
Also, the fermentation and aging process not only help in eliminating harmful bacteria, these processes also ensure that lactose is broken down as well. Because organic cottage cheese is unripened, it contains lactose in amounts that may be enough to cause bloating, stomach upset and other symptoms in individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Organic Cottage Cheese Practical Uses:
Unripened cheeses like organic cottage cheese work best in cold dishes like pasta salads, cold soups as well as sandwiches. Organic cottage cheese may be sweetened with cinnamon and eaten along with fruits like peaches and pears as well.
Organic cottage cheese is typically served as is after draining the residual whey with the use of colander and cheesecloth and so may taste bland. This makes organic cottage cheese an ideal base for soups, dressings and sauces.
Bear in mind though that organic cottage cheese tends to break even more when boiled, so consider adding it to your soup, dressing or sauce at the last minute.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of naturally preserved or dried meats and how to moderately use it in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the protein sources on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Organic Yogurt (Full-Fat)
• Soaked or sprouted beans and legumes
• Raw seeds and nuts
• Roasted Seeds and Nuts
• Regular or Canned Beans and Legumes
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