Home Make Dog Food Menu (3) – Cottage Cheese

CottagecheeseWhile most cheese hardly has a reputation as a diet food, cottage cheese has long been a staple in many health conscious diets. Available in several varieties — low fat, low sodium or mixed with fruit — cottage cheese is versatile in the kitchen and can be consumed on its own or added to sweet or savory recipes. Cottage cheese is healthy to eat as part of a balanced diet, and provides a source of several essential nutrients.

Protein Content

One of the benefits of eating cottage cheese is its protein content. Every tissue and cell in your body contains protein, and needs to produce new protein molecules each day to grow and function. Cottage cheese provides amino acids, which your body can use to make these new proteins. It is also a source of complete protein, which means that it provides all the amino acids your body needs to function but cannot synthesize itself. Consuming complete protein sources like cottage cheese helps reduce your risk of an amino acid deficiency, which can impact your cells’ ability to make the proteins it needs to survive. Each cup of large-curd cottage cheese contains around 23 grams of protein, while an equivalent serving of small-curd cottage cheese contains approximately 25 grams.

Fat Content

Cottage cheese also serves as a source of healthy fatty acids and might prove especially beneficial to individuals with diabetes. Dairy products contain the unsaturated fatty acid trans-palmitoleic acid, which is associated with reduced diabetes risk. According to Harvard University, individuals with high levels of trans-palmitoleic acid in their bloodstream from consuming dairy products are approximately three times less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people with low levels of the fatty acid. The recommended intake of trans-palmitoleic acid and the levels of this fatty acid in different types of cottage cheese have yet to be established as of April 2012, but consuming cottage cheese that contains dairy fat might offer some assistance in preventing diabetes. However, since full-fat or part-skim cottage cheese also contains harmful saturated fat, you should still consume the cheese in moderation.

Vitamins and Minerals

Like many other dairy products, cottage cheese contains calcium and phosphorus that contribute to the health of your bones. Its calcium content also aids in nerve and muscle functioning. Cottage cheese provides a source of vitamin A — important for the growth and development of your cells, including cells involved in maintaining the health of your immune system and skin — as well as B vitamins that help your body break down and obtain energy from the foods you eat. Cottage cheese also contains sodium, important in helping to regulate your blood pressure. While some salt proves beneficial to your health, a cup of soft curd cottage cheese can contain over 800 milligrams of sodium — two-thirds of the daily recommended intake for some adults, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. If you’re looking to restrict your sodium intake, select low-sodium varieties of cottage cheese and eat the cheese in moderation.

Cottage Cheese and Weight Loss

Cottage cheese can be a healthy part of weight loss plan. Despite its rich taste and texture, cottage cheese is low in calories relative to other types of cheese; 100 grams of cottage cheese contains 98 calories, compared to 403 calories in 100 grams of cheddar cheese. In addition to eating cottage cheese on its own, consider substituting cottage cheese in place of other cheeses in your meals; for example, use a mixture of cottage cheese and spinach in lasagne, or mix cottage cheese with tuna to add cheesy flavor to a tuna melt. Substituting low-calorie foods like cottage cheese in place of high-calorie foods helps you lower your caloric intake, helping you create the caloric deficit required for weight loss.

Cottage Cheese Diet Menu for Adult Dogs

1. Cottage Cheese and Rice Diet Menu for 34 pound dog

  • 1 cup cottage cheese, 2 percent fat
  • 2 1/2 cups rice, long-grain, cooked
  • 2 teaspoon sardines, canned, tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable (canola) oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute – potassium chloride
  • 4 bonemeal tablets (10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet

To provide 973 kilocalories, 47.8 grams protein, 31.2 grams fat. Supports caloric need of a 34 pound dog.
Diets containing cottage cheese are much higher in sodium; water consumption will be geater on these diets than on others.
Omission of sardines reduces caloric content by 68 kilocalories, protein by 6.2 grams, and fat by 4.6 grams.

2. Cottage Cheese and Potato Diet Menu for 21 pound dog

  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese, 2 percent fat
  • 2  cups Potato, cooked with skin
  • 2 teaspoon sardines, canned, tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable (canola) oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute – potassium chloride
  • 4 bonemeal tablets (10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet

To provide 661 kilocalories, 32.7 grams protein, 28.8 grams fat. Supports caloric need of a 20-21 pound dog.
Omission of sardines reduces caloric content by 68 kilocalories, protein by 6.2 grams, and fat by 4.6 grams.

3. Cottage Cheese and Macaroni Diet Menu for 33 pound dog

  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese, 2 percent fat
  • 2 1/2 cups macaroni, cooked
  • 2 teaspoon sardines, canned, tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable (canola) oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute – potassium chloride
  • 4 bonemeal tablets (10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet

To provide 946 kilocalories, 43.6 grams protein, 37.9 grams fat. Supports caloric need of a 33 pound dog.
Omission of sardines reduces caloric content by 68 kilocalories, protein by 6.2 grams, and fat by 4.6 grams.

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