Can a Diabetic Eat Cottage Cheese?
If you have diabetes, planning your meals around nutrient-dense foods that promote healthy glucose levels is a top priority. Your physician will likely recommend you see a dietitian to help create a meal plan that is right for you. Watching your carbohydrate intake at each meal is crucial. Luckily, cottage cheese is low in carbs and protein-rich, so you can enjoy it as part of a healthy diet.
The American Diabetes Association lists cottage cheese as one of the best cheese choices you can make. Portion control plays a dominant role in meal planning for people with diabetes. Two ounces of low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese provides 7 grams of protein, about 2 grams or less of carbohydrates and about 1 gram or less of fat. This amount is listed as a serving on the diabetic exchange list.
- The American Diabetes Association lists cottage cheese as one of the best cheese choices you can make.
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Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.