Sodium In Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is not a low sodium food by any means. While cottage cheese contains less sodium in comparison to many other dairy foods, the sodium in cottage cheese is still very high. Let’s take a look at a comparison of sodium in a selection dairy products. Note that the comparison is for a 1-ounce serving size for all products. When it comes to cottage cheese, most people will eat at least a half cup (4 ounces) per serving.

Dairy Product - 1 oz serving sizeSodium (mg)
Cottage Cheese 2%87
Cottage Cheese 1%115
Cheddar Cheese185
Colby Cheese171
Cream Cheese89
Brie178
Gouda232
Provolone248
Parmesan (hard)390
Buttermilk58
Whole Milk13
Heavy Whipping Cream8
Blue Cheese325
Mozzarella Cheese (Whole Milk)178

The recommend sodium per day varies based on what agency you ask. Generally, the range is between 1500 – 2300 mg per day. If you eat a cup of cottage cheese, you are consuming  about half of the 1500 mg recommended sodium per day. This is a lot of sodium considered it is only coming from a small portion of one food.

There are low sodium cottage cheese products available if you love cottage cheese but can’t eat it because of the excessive sodium. Check out our article on low sodium cottage cheese brands for a list of products with either no salted added or less sodium added than traditional cottage cheese.  The downside to eating low sodium cottage cheese is the taste for some people. Sodium plays an important role in maintaining the traditional cottage cheese taste. By eliminating or greatly reducing the sodium you alter the classic cottage cheese taste.

Sodium in Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese TypeServing SizeSodiumCalories Total FatSaturated Fat CholesterolCarbohydratesDietary FiberSugars ProteinCalcium
Nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd1 cup (not packed)539 mg104.42 g.245 g 4 g9.66 g0 g2.68 g15 g125 mg
Low-fat 1%1 cup (not packed)918 mg1632.31 g1.45 g9 g6.15 g 0 g6.15 g28 g138 mg
Low-fat 2%1 cup (not packed)696 mg1835.13 g2.79 g27 g10.76 g0 g9.04 g23.62 g251 mg
Creamed (Large Curd)1 cup (not packed)764 mg2069.03 g3.6 g36 g7.10 g0 g5.61 g23.35 g174 mg
Creamed (Small Curd)1 cup (not packed)819 mg2209.68 g3.9 g38 g7.60 g0 g6 g25.02 g187 mg

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