1. Helps fill your protein quota
And it’s not just any protein: Cottage cheese contains casein protein. A study with animals found that casein protein’s absorbed more slowly than other proteins. This could help prevent muscle breakdown and support a steady, gradual absorption of amino acids.
2. Supports your bone health
Oh hello, bone-loving calcium!
If you’re between the ages of 19 and 50, the National Institutes of Health says you should aim for 1,000 mg of calcium per day. Just a cup o’ cottage cheese will get you nearly 14 percent of the way there!
3. Helps keep your thyroid in tip-top shape
In addition to its calcium and protein content, cottage cheese is rich in essential minerals like selenium.
A research review suggested that folks with thyroid disease can benefit from selenium supplementation. While that *doesn’t* mean you should go grab a bottle of supplements, it highlights the importance of noshing on selenium-rich foods for the sake of your thyroid.
4. Helps you stick to your weight loss goals
One of the most frequently touted benefits of cottage cheese? It can help you lose weight.
Here’s why: The casein protein in cottage cheese helps you feel full longer, which *might* keep your hands out of the proverbial cookie jar.
In one small 2012 study (“Alexa, play ‘Skyfall’ by Adele!”), women who pulled back on pasta and potatoes while upping their intake of high protein foods like cottage cheese and fatty fish lost an average of 6.2 pounds after a year. Not super impressed? Remember that these participants still steadily lost weight without making major lifestyle changes.
5. Soothes aching muscles
Cramping up after leg day? You curd always turn to cheese.
The fact that they’re all bundled together in one creamy snack is a solid reason to make this cheese part of your post-workout routine.
6. Does your heart a favor
A research review linked selenium to a reduced risk of heart disease. To pamper your ticker in the best way possible, opt for low sodium cottage cheese — or just give your curds a quick rinse in a colander to remove excess salt.
7. Turns up your energy
Sure, you could rely on caffeine for your daily wake-up call, but a cup o’ cheese alongside your morning fruit might give you the little extra push you need.