Is Cottage Cheese Good for CKD? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cottage cheese is good for CKD in moderation. Because it has high-quality protein, calcium, and potassium, which can benefit your muscles, bones, and blood pressure.

CKD is a condition that affects your kidneys.

In CKD, your body cannot filter blood the way it should.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fluid retention, high blood pressure, anemia, bone disease, and cardiovascular disease.

One of the key factors in managing CKD is diet.

What you consume can affect your electrolytes, minerals, and wastes, which can impact your CKD symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage CKD, you should consume protein-rich foods like lean meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, and avoid phosphorus-rich foods like dairy products, nuts, seeds, and beans.

Now, cottage cheese is a fresh cheese made from skimmed milk by draining curds but retaining some of the whey and keeping the curds loose.

People usually eat it with fruit, toast, or granola, or use it in salads, dips, or baked dishes.

Cottage cheese is good for CKD because it contains high-quality protein, calcium, and potassium.

However, it also contains sodium and phosphorus, which can be harmful for some people with CKD.

Half a cup of cottage cheese can give you about 14 grams of protein (28% of your daily needs), 70 milligrams of calcium (7% of your daily needs), 104 milligrams of potassium (2% of your daily needs), 364 milligrams of sodium (15% of your daily needs), and 138 milligrams of phosphorus (14% of your daily needs).

Protein can help maintain your muscle mass and prevent malnutrition.

Calcium can help keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.

Potassium can help regulate your blood pressure and nerve function.

However, sodium can raise your blood pressure and fluid retention, which can worsen your kidney function and heart health.

Phosphorus can cause your bones to lose calcium and increase your risk of bone fractures and cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, cottage cheese is a dairy product and dairy products are generally not recommended for people with CKD.

Because, they can increase your intake of phosphorus, potassium, and animal protein, which can aggravate your kidney damage and metabolic acidosis.

That’s why I suggest you limit your cottage cheese intake to avoid excessive sodium and phosphorus.

Stick to half a cup or less per day and choose low-sodium and low-phosphorus varieties.

You can also rinse it with water to reduce the sodium and phosphorus content.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cottage cheese if you have hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) or hypercalcemia (high calcium levels) to prevent arrhythmia, muscle weakness, confusion, and constipation.

Because, cottage cheese can increase your potassium and calcium intake and worsen your symptoms.

You can buy fresh cottage cheese in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose brands that have less than 200 milligrams of sodium and less than 100 milligrams of phosphorus per serving.

Because, these are the recommended limits for people with CKD.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing CKD effectively.

I always recommend my CKD patients to follow a CKD-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

Get a Customized Diet Plan

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

Leave a Comment