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if you eat dairy, where do you stand on cottage cheese?

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Created May 15, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I have been eating Paleo since March 1 with very favorable results. Lost 20 lbs, much improved body comp, great energy levels...the works.

After April 1, I added back in some dairy...pasture butter, cream and lately, I've been trying some cottage cheese in my smoothies or as a quick breakfast with some berries and almonds.

Any reason I should be avoiding cottage cheese? I've seen cottage cheese get the "ok on occasion" on a few paleo websites (MDA for one).

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90 · October 08, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Cool tip about grass-fed cottage cheese at Sprouts, thanks!

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8757 · May 17, 2011 at 12:19 AM

cashew proteins are caseins? I'm casein allergic, hence the need for cheese alternatives....ok off to research that!!

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8757 · May 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

thanks for the tips!!

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5232 · May 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM

In very limited amounts, I'm fine, but I typically have to deal with digestive issues the next day. The acne issues start to flare up only after I've had more than a couple of servings. :)

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2409 · May 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

How do you do with cream/butter ?

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3631 · May 16, 2011 at 3:47 AM

As an occasional nut-cheese maker and original poster of the link above, i have a couple of tips for y'all. A) the nuts must be raw. B) i'm pretty sure there's something special about cashews that make them more uh, fermentable? and thusly, cheesier than other nuts. (never tried macs tho.) C) the reason i like the recipe above is b/c if you use kimchi juice (the natural kind, of course), it's already garlicky/spicy and has pro-biotics, so you don't have to mess around with very many ingredients. but be warned: it makes some stinky cheese! there are some tamer recipes out there for sure. :)

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5838 · May 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

This idea with macadamias sounds amazing. Starting now :) I'll report back

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15966 · May 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Ha, I just found that stuff too. Yeah it's pretty good. I think nancy's is really good but hard to find by me.

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7970 · May 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I can't add anything to this other than the brand I've found that is awesome - Kalona Super Natural makes a "cream top" whole fat small curd cottage cheese that's absolutely delicious. They claim (at least on their other dairy products, haven't read the label of the cottage cheese) that their dairy cows are grass fed and organic blah blah blah. Really delicious and creamy stuff.

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1386 · May 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Agree with you, Ben, on those points as well.

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15966 · May 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

pretty much agree with this answer. for a good source of protein with minimal but at least some carbohydrate, cottage cheese is hard to beat. If you can't tolerate dairy then obviously its out but for all the rest of us its a great, dense source of protein. When people cry about not being able to get X grams of protein in per day and all, i often point out that generally one serving of cottage cheese will hit you with like 24 grams of protein. Pretty easy to wolf that amount down. Do that four times per day and you just snuck in about 100 extra grams of protein.

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1386 · May 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I personally like cottage cheese for a mass-gain/strength-gain phase or protocol. I generally avoid dairy if the goal is to be leaning out. With that being said, cottage cheese is an excellent whole food source of branched chain amino acids (BCAA). I'll hit it as my last feeding for the day. Sprout's (a "healthy" supermarket) carries cottage cheese from grass-fed aka pastured cows that is super legit.

If you're worried about the dangers of casein though, you should avoid it and other soft cheeses.

Hope that helps!

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90 · October 08, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Cool tip about grass-fed cottage cheese at Sprouts, thanks!

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15966 · May 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Ha, I just found that stuff too. Yeah it's pretty good. I think nancy's is really good but hard to find by me.

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7970 · May 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I can't add anything to this other than the brand I've found that is awesome - Kalona Super Natural makes a "cream top" whole fat small curd cottage cheese that's absolutely delicious. They claim (at least on their other dairy products, haven't read the label of the cottage cheese) that their dairy cows are grass fed and organic blah blah blah. Really delicious and creamy stuff.

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1386 · May 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Agree with you, Ben, on those points as well.

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15966 · May 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

pretty much agree with this answer. for a good source of protein with minimal but at least some carbohydrate, cottage cheese is hard to beat. If you can't tolerate dairy then obviously its out but for all the rest of us its a great, dense source of protein. When people cry about not being able to get X grams of protein in per day and all, i often point out that generally one serving of cottage cheese will hit you with like 24 grams of protein. Pretty easy to wolf that amount down. Do that four times per day and you just snuck in about 100 extra grams of protein.

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32518 · February 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Mash took my answer!

Seriously, as with ANY dairy, I make sure it is antibiotic & hormone-free at the very least & organic, 100% grass-fed at it's best.

I LOVE cottage cheese! Easy lower fat protein source (when I get tired of meat & eggs only) for leaning out.

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5188 · February 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Freshly made every week, what's not to like? And I can still drink the whey later. Win-win.

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883 · May 16, 2011 at 3:33 AM

I like it personally and frequently eat it (mixed with some tuna) after my work outs. I don't know why but it makes me feel better to have cottage cheese with my meat rather than the meat all by itself. thats just what I have experienced with myself. My digestive system also reacts better (more regular) when i eat dairy products, so I try to eat at least one serving a day, but then again thats just my experience; other people react to it differently.

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8757 · May 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM

theres another post in the archives that mentions 'cashew cheese'.....I just happened to be looking for casein free cheese, to see if there is such a thing, turns out there is!

I haven't tried it but I'm planning on it! (I think you might be able to do the same with almonds?)

nice to have options!

http://culiblog.org/2004/11/taking-cashew-cheese-seriously-this-time/

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8757 · May 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

thanks for the tips!!

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3631 · May 16, 2011 at 3:47 AM

As an occasional nut-cheese maker and original poster of the link above, i have a couple of tips for y'all. A) the nuts must be raw. B) i'm pretty sure there's something special about cashews that make them more uh, fermentable? and thusly, cheesier than other nuts. (never tried macs tho.) C) the reason i like the recipe above is b/c if you use kimchi juice (the natural kind, of course), it's already garlicky/spicy and has pro-biotics, so you don't have to mess around with very many ingredients. but be warned: it makes some stinky cheese! there are some tamer recipes out there for sure. :)

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5838 · May 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

This idea with macadamias sounds amazing. Starting now :) I'll report back

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8574 · February 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Honestly, I don't think it would hold anyone's weight. Though it would probably feel great between the toes.

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0 · February 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I don't know why but I absolutly love cottage cheese comfort foof Can think of a million foods to eat it with

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4896 · May 16, 2011 at 2:00 AM

It's only recently that I found cottage cheese with no additives, so I reconsider it. My problem is, that I have to be creative in using it, as I can't stand its flavor. I can't eat too much dairy or my skin acts out... but ones in a while, especially as a fast lunch for work it would be great. I wouldn't make it into a daily meal, but once in a while, if you tolerate dairy well, why not?

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78407 · May 16, 2011 at 1:51 AM

It's convenient when scrounging for something quick. The 4% milk-fat brand we get is nearly 50% fat, most of which is saturated. Sometimes I'll stand in the middle of the kitchen and just start wolfing things down. Spooning in a couple of shots of cc will block my impulse to thrown down yet another fist full of nuts. Having a couple of quick, go-to snacks helps.

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5232 · May 15, 2011 at 10:10 PM

I, personally, do not consume it. Its protein is mostly casein, which alters my brain chemistry (rendering me irritable and disoriented), tears up my digestive system, and makes my face break out in horrible, painful cystic acne.

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8757 · May 17, 2011 at 12:19 AM

cashew proteins are caseins? I'm casein allergic, hence the need for cheese alternatives....ok off to research that!!

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5232 · May 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM

In very limited amounts, I'm fine, but I typically have to deal with digestive issues the next day. The acne issues start to flare up only after I've had more than a couple of servings. :)

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2409 · May 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

How do you do with cream/butter ?

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