What Is Kefir?

Kefir is one of those products that many hear about but do not know much about. Kefir is a dairy product, however, it can be made with non-dairy milk-like product such as nut milk. Similar to yogurt, kefir is made from fermented milk. It is much like a thin texture yogurt that you can drink. Kefir has a ton of nutrients including probiotics or godd bacteria that are used to make kefir.


Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese

Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese

The health benefits of cottage cheese include high protein, weight loss, B complex vitamins and healthy fats. Cottage cheese is likewise a decent wellspring of different minerals like calcium, zinc, selenium magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous, which all assume indispensable parts in a large portion of the body functions.Cottage cheese is manufactured by souring milk with the help of acidic substances like vinegar or lime. As the milk bubbles, it starts to go sour, forming bits of curds. These curds are then crushed to press out the whey or milk serum to shape a noteworthy bit of curd or cheese.

The nutrients in cottage cheese (100 g) incorporate calories (98 kcal), sugar (2.6 g), fat (4.5 g), protein (11.12 g), vitamin A (37 ug), vitamin D (21 ug) and starches (3.38g). Some components found in cottage cheese incorporate magnesium, sodium, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc.

Cottage cheese is shaped from both casein and whey milk proteins. Casein protein is one of the most loved proteins by body builders, competitors, and various athletes because casein is a moderate processing protein and absorbs gradually into the body. There is another protein called whey protein. Whey is exceptionally healthy and a well-known protein supplement in powder form. In cottage cheese, whey is the liquid portion that is often pressed out leaving little remaining. Casein and whey are the two main proteins of cottage cheese that help with muscle growth and repair.

Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese.

Decreased Risk of Breast Cancer: Research completed at the Harvard School of Public Health by Shin et al. found that for a situation of premenopausal ladies, the level of calcium and vitamin D helped in lessening the danger of bosom malignancy.

Rich in Protein: It has a high measure of casein protein, which helps keep the body satisfied for a long period of time, while feed the muscles for growth and repair.

Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are useful in different metabolic exercises in our bodies. Some of them incorporate vitamin B12, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic corrosive and folate.

Riboflavin helps in changing over starches into vitality.

Pantheistic Acid is a synthesizer that helps in framing sugars, proteins, fats, and amino acids in our body.

Niacin, Plays a part in assimilation, vitality creation, and cholesterol diminishment.

Calcium: Cottage cheese is extremely high in calcium providing a source for teeth and bone health.

Enhances Biological Functions: Zinc found in cottage cheese is around 4% of the daily  recommended value. In the human body, it has been discovered in our the brain, muscles, bones, liver, kidneys, prostate, and eyes. It helps in the digestion system along with RNA and DNA. Zinc  helps diabetes, controls processing, battles anxiety and nervousness, creates visual health, cures night visual impairment, counteracts prostate issue, battles different contaminations and helps as a cancer prevention agent.

While this is just touches on the benefits of cottage cheese, it gives a good overview of the reasons why you should be consuming the product. Not only is it low in calories, but high in protein and calcium. Although it has lost popular over recent years, it is still an amazing food to eat in order to stay healthy while obtain proper nutrients.

Skyr & Cottage Cheese

I saw this commercial for a product with Skyr and cottage cheese. Skyr is a thick textured yogurt product. You might have seen brands like Siggi’s or Samari in your grocery store. So with this Skyr and cottage cheese product you apparently have a think yogurt with cottage cheese and fruit mixed into it. Quite and interesting combination, but I’d like to try it. This likely would transform cottage cheese from that sometimes runny texture into a thicker, creamy base. This may be an ideal product for someone who doesn’t like the texture of cottage cheese but wants its nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, this likely isn’t available in the United States yet.

Almond Milk Vs. Dairy Milk Nutrition

Almond milk vs cow's milk

Almond milk is all the rage these days and it is here to stay. It tastes good while providing various nutritional benefits. However, if we do a comparison of almond milk and traditional dairy milk, what are the real difference between these two products. We are told milk does the body good, but does almond milk do the body better? Let’s find out.
Products used for comparison:
Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
Borden 1% Milkfat Dairy Milk

Serving Size:
One Cup for both products

Almond milk: Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds) evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin. Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin
Dairy Milk: Lowfat milk, vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3

Winner: Dairy milk. Almond milk has added sugar, salt, and a questionable ingredient in terms of health called carrageenan.

Almond milk: 60
Dairy Milk: 100

Winner – Almond milk for having 40 less calories. Even if you go with the fat free (skim) dairy milk the calories are 80 or 20 calories higher than almond milk.

Fat (g):
Almond Milk: 2.5g total fat, 0 g saturated
Dairy Milk: 2.5 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated

Winner: Almond milk because of no saturated fate.

Cholesterol (mg):
Almond Milk: 0 mg
Dairy Milk: 10 mg

Winner: Almond milk since it has no cholesterol.

Sodium (mg):
Almond Milk: 150 mg
Dairy Milk: 125 mg

Winner: Dairy milk with 25 mg less sodium.

Potassium (mg):
Almond Milk: 180 mg
Dairy Milk:  390 mg

Winner: Dairy milk is the big winner with 210 mg more potassium.

Carbs (g):
Almond Milk: 8 g
Dairy Milk: 12 g

Winner: Almond milk with 4 less carbs.

Dietary Fiber (g):
Almond Milk: 1 g
Dairy Milk: 0 g

Winner: Almond milk for the 1 gram of fiber.

Sugars (g):
Almond Milk: 7 g
Dairy Milk: 12 g

Push: Almond milk has added sugar (evaporated cane juice) while dairy milk has natural sugar (lactose) found in all dairy.

Protein (g):
Almond Milk: 1 g
Dairy Milk: 8

Winner: Dairy milk with 7 grams more protein.

Vitamin A:
Almond Milk: 10%
Dairy Milk: 10%

Winner: None. Tie.

Vitamin C:
Almond Milk: 0%
Dairy Milk: 4%

Winner: Dairy milk.

Almond Milk: 45%
Dairy Milk: 30%

Winner: Dairy milk because it has natural calcium and is not fortified with calcium carbonate, Sorry almond milk, no points for cheating.

Almond Milk: 4%
Dairy Milk: 0%

Winner: Almond

Who is the overall winner???
It’s a tie (6-6). There are benefits and downsides to drinking both products, It is actually difficult to compare the two since they are in no way close to being the same in terms of plant vs. animal-derived milk.



How To Make Cottage Cheese – The Easy Way

Cottage cheese is easier to make than you may think. You can use common pans, some milk, cheese cloth, salt, rennet, heavy cream (optional), a thermometer, and calcium chloride. Watch the video below for a good way to make homemade cottage cheese. It actually can be fun to make because you get to cut and drain the curds.

Raw Milk Raids – Right or Wrong?

The Canadian government recently raided a co-operative in Ontario because it was potentially producing raw milk. Canada does not allow raw milk and requires it to be pasteurized. Why raw milk? It is potentially higher in nutritional value than pasteurized milk. It is believe that the pasteurization process decreases important nutrients and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, cooper, and iron. The cows that produce raw milk are all grass feed (pasture cows) that are given minimal grains. Their diet is believed to be superior to traditional cows who produce pasteurized milk. Many raw milk advocates believe that the raw milk cow’s diet plays a role in producing superior milk to traditional milk. Below we have attached a good video explain the benefits of raw milk.

People who believe that raw milk can be dangerous say that pasteurization only really removes the bacteria and does not kill off essential nutrients. Some believe that raw milk could potentially be deadly because harmful bacteria that may exist is not removed.

What are your thoughts on raw milk? Should governments be raiding co-ops for be involved with raw milk? Do you believe that raw milk is harmful? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.