Why You Should Eat Cottage Cheese Before Bed

Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed so some whey remains. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations.

Cottage cheese is a slow digesting protein. A single serving can take 5-6 hours to digest. If you take it before bed, you body will be able to recieve protein throughout the night, avoiding catabolism (the breakdown of muscle).  A cup of cottage cheese has about 30 grams of protein with very little carbs and fat.

Cottage Cheese Will Help Your Muscles Grow At Night – Eat Your Cottage Cheese Before Bed!

As stated above, during the night your body enters a catabolic state as it repairs. To promote muscle building and avoid catabolism it’s important to have your nighttime blood amino acid levels as high as possible. A fast digesting protein will not last you through the night – heck, it won’t even last an hour!  Therefore a slower digesting protein like casein is preferred. Casein takes hours to digest and is essentially a natural time released form of protein. The awesome thing about cottage cheese is that it’s basically pure casein in a plastic tub. It’s low fat and tastes pretty good which means cottage cheese is a great protein source for nighttime!

I Can’t Stand Cottage Cheese – Are there any alternatives?

If you absolutely can’t stand the taste or texture of cottage cheese, your best bet is just purchase a Casein Protein Powder.  This will be quite a bit more expensive than cottage cheese, but it will provide the same benefit.

Another option would be to mix a whey protein shake with milk (which is 80% casein) and also eat some natural peanut butter at the same time.  You’ll get your casein and the peanut butter will help slow the digestion process.  Although not ideal, it’s better than not eating anything before bed.

 


RELATED POSTS
collard_greens

If you can remember back to middle school science, we learned that alkaline and acidity were opposit[...]


fitnessforgeeks

This inquisitive and highly useful book shows the hacker and maker communities how to bring science [...]


intervals

Interval training has been shown to be the best exercise for fat loss.  Using intervals lets you tr[...]


russian-tarragon

I came across another interesting ingredient in my pre workout supplements lately – this time [...]


cleanEating

So, you find yourself surfing the web and online forums reading about people “eating cleanR[...]


trulyhuge

Read the latest eNewsletter from TrulyHuge.  To get this newsletter delivered to your inbox, visit [...]


Refrigerator full of vegetables

Eating healthy is not quite as difficult as it may seem.  We’ve compiled a few easy steps and[...]


eatingatnight

Nutrient timing in general has been a hot topic in health and nutrition forums for years.  Does it [...]


5.big

Let’s face it, the bench press is the pinnacle of all gym lifts.  How often does someone ask [...]


bananas

Bananas are one of my favorite food items.  Not only do they taste great, they are also very health[...]


BCAA_white

BUY NOW So you want to get shredded?  You want to reduce your body fat without losing any muscle m[...]


sodapop

If you struggle with food and keeping the pounds off odds are you have a few bad habits that keep yo[...]


fad-diets

So, be honest with yourself – who has tried: Atkins The Banana Diet The Grapefruit Diet The C[...]


Yohimbe-Bark

No one should experiment with herbs without talking to their doctor – Now let’s take a q[...]


musclemass

If you want to know how to gain muscle mass, there are a few dos and don’ts you need to be awa[...]


Motivation is a key factor in your physical fitness.  Lose your motivation and you’ll stop wo[...]


shopcart

Your grocery store is filled with so many different products navigating the aisles becomes more and [...]


supplements

After you’ve been training for a while, it is natural to start getting interested in supplemen[...]


hybrids-are-the-bomb

This post will show you how to structure an effective P90X Insanity Hybrid Workout Schedule.  Comb[...]


cre3

One of the supplements in the new MusclePharm Arnold Schwarzenegger series is Iron Cre3 – a cr[...]