Cottage cheese: 3 big benefits of this old-school superfood

Do you remember the days when cottage cheese was the go-to health food?

In the 80s and 90s, it seemed like every restaurant had a cottage cheese dish listed in the healthy section of its menu… like those strange-sounding cottage cheese stuffed tomatoes (FYI… I’ve never had one, so they might actually be really good).

As long ago as that was, this old-school superfood is making a comeback. Suddenly it’s everyone’s favorite post-workout snack — especially if you have problems with lactose…

In a small randomized controlled trial, both milk and cottage cheese increased the rate of post-workout muscle protein synthesis when consumed after exercise. But cottage cheese is much lower in lactose than milk or yogurt. Win!

Personally, I never stopped enjoying cottage cheese. I eat it often because the benefits of this retro superfood still hold strong several decades later — and new ones keep stacking up. But there’s one caveat…

Half a cup of cottage cheese has about as much sodium as a can of soup, about 300 to 400 mg. So if you must watch your sodium very carefully, I’d give up the soup and eat the cottage cheese… because here’s what eating it every day can do for you…

Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine,, and