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Cottage cheese is low in lactose (milk sugar) and high in casein (fat-burning protein). Yogurt is high in lactose and lower in casein. There's a post about that over here:
One cup of low-fat cottage cheese contains 28 grams of protein vs. an eight-ounce container of yogurt with only 12 g.
Yogurt has whey protein but cottage cheese has casein protein, the slow-digesting kind that will keeps your muscles anabolic (growing) between meals or overnight. It is also high in glutamine, which can increase growth hormone levels. As for yogurt, if you're under 15% body fat, you can eat it before workouts, but only if you stir a scoop of whey protein powder into it to bump up the protein to decent levels.
It doesn't answer the question, but regarding cottage cheese....I LOVE IT. And since I don't eat beef, pork, or poultry, my protein choices are much narrower. One weekend, I bought a 5-lb tub of it at Sam's, and I had it for breakfast every morning, and maybe a dinner or two. At the end of that week, it was the first time I'd GAINED. I went up 1.5 lbs that week. So, for me at least, I really need to stick to the idea that it is sort of a last-resort protein and not something to have frequently. I know that it may be because of its sodium content, but I'm not going to be buying ANY more 5-lb tubs of cottage cheese.
I love cottage cheese and while Tim says its ok in the book, every time I go to the market the cottage cheese brands always have sugar in them (about 3-5g per serving container). Dont know if this is a natural sugar which comes from the cottage cheese itself or added by the company which makes it, I think I might have to re-read the label to make sure its not added sugar
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