The Top 5 Benefits of Cottage Cheese

Find out why you should add this food to your diet right away.

The Top 5 Benefits of Cottage Cheese

Often associated with the fad diets from the ’70s, cottage cheese isn’t getting the respect it deserves these days. While lots of weird diet tricks and gimmicks can stay buried, it’s high time that we give cottage cheese its moment in the sun. High in protein, calcium, and other healthy nutrients, this is the perfect snack to eat on its own or toss into other recipes for a creamy boost. Here are the top five reasons you need more cottage cheese in your daily meals.

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Easy to Sneak into Foods

One of the best aspects of this nutritious snack is how versatile it is. You can enjoy it with sweet or savory toppings, and add it to a number of foods that need a little health boost. You can use cottage cheese to make cheesecakes, spinach dip, waffles, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, smoothies, tuna salad, casserole, omelets, and more.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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