The cottage cheese fat content will vary based on the milkfat percentage that is used in manufacturing. Cottage cheese typically comes in four different types of milkfat percentages: fat-free, 1 percent 2 percent, and 4 percent. Naturally, the higher the percentage of milkfat, the higher fat content in cottage cheese.
Ideally, everyone would eat fat-free cottage cheese because it is lower in fat and therefore, lower in calories. However, the truth is that the taste suffers when the fat content is removed. While some people can tolerate or enjoy fat-free cottage cheese, you will notice that your grocery store likely only carries cottage cheese with 1 percent and higher fat content. This is because fat-free just doesn’t sell as much as cottage cheese with notice fat content.
Below we have provided cottage cheese fat content based on the four main cottage cheese types. You will notice a large increase in calories from fat-free to 4 percent (creamed) cottage cheese. If you are concerned about fat content, it is best to find the lowest milkfat cottage cheese that you actually enjoy the taste. There is no sense in eating a particular cottage cheese if it requires you to force it down your throat. Even 4 percent (creamed) cottage cheese has a reasonable amount of calories when you compare it to many other foods of an equivalent serving size. However, remember that the higher the fat, the higher the calories.
Copy of Cottage Cheese Nutrition Facts
|Cottage Cheese Type||Serving Size||Calories||Total Fat||Saturated Fat||Cholesterol||Sodium||Carbohydrates||Dietary Fiber||Sugars||Protein||Calcium|
|Nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd||1 cup (not packed)||104||.42 g||.245 g||4 g||539 mg||9.66 g||0 g||2.68 g||15 g||125 mg|
|Low-fat 1%||1 cup (not packed)||163||2.31 g||1.45 g||9 g||918 mg||6.15 g||0 g||6.15 g||28 g||138 mg|
|Low-fat 2%||1 cup (not packed)||183||5.13 g||2.79 g||27 g||696 mg||10.76 g||0 g||9.04 g||23.62 g||251 mg|
|Creamed (Large Curd)||1 cup (not packed)||206||9.03 g||3.6 g||36 g||764 mg||7.10 g||0 g||5.61 g||23.35 g||174 mg|
|Creamed (Small Curd)||1 cup (not packed)||220||9.68 g||3.9 g||38 g||819 mg||7.60 g||0 g||6 g||25.02 g||187 mg|