When was the last time you had a cup of cottage cheese? Unless you are one of the few regular cottage cheese eaters, I imagine that most of you are thinking you served yourself a spoonful or two at some lunch or dinner salad bar. And my guess is if it was good quality cottage cheese, you may have thought that was pretty good and perhaps wondered why you don’t consume it more often.
According to the Institute of Medicine we should be getting 10% to 35% of our total calories from protein, or about 50 to 175 grams of protein for most of us who eat approximately 2,000 calories a day. But there is increasing scientific evidence that consuming protein at levels above the minimum recommended dietary allowance would be beneficial for optimal health and nutrition (i.e., improved muscle function and treatment of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and sarcopenia).