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Cottage cheese is simply the step before cheese is allowed to solidify and the result is very high moisture curds. When cottage cheese is completely drained it becomes farmer's cheese. In America the curds are usually washed to reduce the acidity and this unfortunately makes them somewhat bland.
Cottage cheese is generally produced in three curd sizes, but the most widely available is the smaller curd cheese. It is low in fat with the whole milk version being 2 grams fat per ounce. Low-fat cottage cheese is 1 gram of fat per ounce and a non-fat is available.
1/2 cup cottage cheese = 120 calories, 5 fat, 3g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 13g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 400mg sodium, 25mg cholesterol
1/2 cup low-free cottage cheese = 90 calories, 2.5 fat, 1.5g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 13g protein, 4g carbohydrates, 389mg sodium, 15mg cholesterol
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese = 80 calories, 0 fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 13g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 439mg sodium, 5mg cholesterol