Low Sodium Cottage Cheese Brand Comparison

It is very difficult to escape excessive sodium in our diets because it is in an enormous amount of foods we eat. A recent Time article indicated that 61 percent of food consumed by Americans is highly processed. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) states that 75 percent of the salt that Americans consume is from processed foods. Many people simply are not aware of the sodium they are ingesting because they are not directly shaking it onto their food. Our food is already pre-seasoned with it and we aren’t stopping to calculate sodium numbers. The AHA states that Americans are getting more that 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day whereas, 1,500 is the recommended maximum. Other sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state that daily sodium intake should be up to 2,300 milligrams. Is cottage cheese a low sodium food product?


Low Sodium Cottage Cheese?

The sodium in cottage cheese varies greatly from brand to brand. Below we have provided the sodium nutrition facts for some popular cottage cheese brands. The first table reflects regular cottage cheese brands and the second table shows cottage cheese products that are labeled less sodium or no salt added. You can see that the sodium for regular cottage cheese ranges from 340-480 milligrams while the less sodium/no salt added products ranged from 55-320 milligrams. Notably the products specifically labeled “no salt added” had sodium ranging from 55-75 milligrams.

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Regular (Not Labeled Low Sodium) Cottage Cheese

Serving Size is 1/2 Cup
Brand/TypeSodium (mg)
Borden Small Curd450 mg
Borden Large Curd 450 mg
Borden 1% Lowfat440 mg
Borden Fat Free470 mg
Daisy Lowfat 350 mg
Daisy Regular350 mg
Hood Country Style430 mg
Hood Lowfat440 mg
Hood Fat Free420 mg
Lactaid Lowfat380 mg
Fiber One Lowfat430 mg
Friendship Dairies 1% Low Fat360 mg
Friendship Dairies 2% Low Fat (Pot Style)400 mg
Friendship Dairies Nonfat420 mg
Cabot Vermont Style 400 mg
Cabot Nofat 410 mg
Kemps 1% Lowfat450 mg
Kemps 2% Lowfat450 mg
Kemps 4% Small Curd450 mg
Kemps Fat Free450 mg
Hiland 2% Lowfat400 mg
Hiland Small Curd470 mg
Hiland Large Curd430 mg
Hiland Fat Free430 mg
Organic Valley Lowfat450 mg
Organic Valley 4% Small Curd450 mg
Horizon Organic 2% Lowfat390 mg
Horizon Organic 4% 400 mg
Shamrock Farms Traditional370 mg
Shamrock Farms Lowfat440 mg
Shamrock Farms Fat Free410 mg
Clover 2% Lowfat380 mg
Clover 4% 340 mg
Clover Fat Free360 mg
Prairie Farms Large Curd450 mg
Prairie Farms Small Curd480 mg
Prairie Farms 2% Lowfat480 mg
Prairie Farms Fat Free470 mg
Crowley Large Curd430 mg
Crowley Small Curd450 mg
Crowley Lowfat480 mg
Crowley Fat Free470 mg

Less Sodium/No Salt Added Cottage Cheese

Serving Size is 1/2 Cup
Brand/TypeSodium (mg)
Hood 1% Lowfat No Salt Added 55 mg
Friendship Dairies 1% Lowfat No Salt Added60 mg
Crowley Lowfat No Salt Added75 mg
Prairie Farms 1% Lowfat Low Sodium240 mg
Kemps 2% Lowfat with 25% Less Sodium320 mg

You can see by the above tables that there is a large difference in the amount of cottage cheese sodium based on brands and products. This is particularly true when comparing regular cottage cheese varieties of various milkfat to less or no salt added products. The majority of cottage cheese in stores is actually high in sodium when you consider that a one cup serving could result in approximately 800-900 milligrams of sodium for many products. However, there are low sodium cottage cheese products available for those seeking to maintain a low sodium diet.