How Much Protein In Cottage Cheese?

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Does Cottage Cheese Have Protein?

Cottage cheese does have protein and a considerable amount per serving. Don’t take our word for it! Let’s take a look at the cottage cheese protein content for some major brands.

Protein In Cottage Cheese – Brand Comparison

We pulled the protein content for the brands featured below to give you an idea of generally how much protein is in cottage cheese. The serving size is 1/2 cup for all products listed with various milkfat (i.e 2%, 4%, fat-free etc.) varieties included.

Overall, a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese will have approximately 11 to 15 grams of protein. The average of all products listed below is about 13 grams of protein per 1/2 cup.

Cottage CheeseServing SizeProteinCalories
365 By Whole Foods – 1.5%1/2 Cup (113g)13g90
365 By Whole Foods – 4% 1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Borden – Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Breakstone’s – Fat Free Small Curd1/2 Cup (120g)11g80
Breakstone’s – Fat Free Small Curd1/2 Cup (117g)13g100
Breakstone’s – 4% Lard Curd1/2 Cup (118g)12g120
Country Fresh – 4% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Daisy – 2% Lowfat Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)13g90
Daisy – 4%1/2 Cup (113g)13g110
Darigold – 2% Lowfat1/2 Cup (113g)13g100
Darigold – 4% Whole1/2 Cup (113g)13g120
Friendship Dairies – 1% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)15g90
Friendship Dairies – 4% California Style1/2 Cup (113g)14g120
Good Culture – 2% Lowfat1/2 Cup (110g)14g80
Good Culture – 4% Whole1/2 Cup (110g)14g110
Good & Gather – Fat Free Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g70
Good & Gather – 1% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g80
Good & Gather – 4% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Great Value – 1% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g80
Great Value – 4% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Hood – Country Style1/2 Cup (113g)13g120
Kemps – Fat Free Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)13g80
Kemps – 4% Lard Curd1/2 Cup (113g)14g110
Lactaid – 4% Small Curd1/2 Cup (113g)13g110
Nancy’s – Organic Lowfat Cottage Cheese1/2 Cup (110g)14g80
Nancy’s – Organic Whole Milk Cottage Cheese1/2 Cup (110g)14g120
Organic Valley – 2% Small Curd1/2 Cup (110g)15g100
Organic Valley – 4% Small Curd1/2 Cup (110g)14g110
Praire Farms – 2% Lowfat 1/2 Cup (114g)12g90
Praire Farms – 4% Lowfat 1/2 Cup (114g)12g110
Upstate Farms – 4% 1/2 Cup (113g)12g110
Averages1/2 Cup12.9101

Recommended Protein Per Day

WebMD lists the recommend protein per day as follows based on age and gender:

–Babies need about 10 grams a day.
–School-age kids need 19-34 grams a day.
–Teenage boys need up to 52 grams a day.
–Teenage girls need 46 grams a day.
–Adult men need about 56 grams a day.
–Adult women need about 46 grams a day (71 grams, if pregnant or breastfeeding)

Basically, adults can reach about half of their recommended daily protein simply by eating a cup of cottage cheese. Additionally, it is relatively low in calories making it an excellent source for a snack, meal side, or added in a recipe.