Everytime that I eat cottage cheese I get a bit of an upset stomach. Sometimes it is accompanied by some loose bowel movements and stomach pains, other times it is a bit mild with just a little stomach pains (like today). Both situations only last about an hour.
On the other hand, I can eat cheeses and yogurt with no adverse affects, so I am not sure if it is dairy related or not.
Any comments as to why this would be happening to me??
This (as a food scientist rather than a nutritionist) sounds like bacteria in the cheese you are eating. How long does the ill effects take after eating and where are you storing the cheese, is it getting warmer than 3-5 degs Centrigrade for any amount of time ? Like travelling from chop in a car ?
You are mostl likely lactose intolerant. Try taking a lactaid bill (which is just the lactase enzyme to help you digest the lactose in dairy) when you eat the cottage cheese. If that helps then there is your problem
It's not normal to feel the affects of food poisoning organisms so quickly. Food poisoning bacteria take quite a long time to reproduce inside the human gut and some people are more resistant than others so it may be some time before there are enough to cause illness.
Some food poisoning symptoms can appear more quickly. This is usually caused by the poison or toxin which some bacteria make. If there is a lot of this in the food when eaten the stomach is likely to react quite quickly by vomiting to try to remove the poison. This can happen within a few hours of eating the affected food.
In cottage cheese, and I doubt its this because you would be extremely ill, listeria monocytogenes is sometimes found.
Listeria monocytogenes can survive adverse conditions. It can grow in a pH range of 5.0-9.5 in things like cottage cheese.
The organism will survive the pH 5 environment of cottage cheese and it is salt tollerant.
1) THere is very little lactose (carbs) in 1/4 cup of cottage cheese. 2) You ate the cottage cheese with extra protein and a lot of fat. This drastically slows down the digestion of the cottage cheese allowing the little lactase enzymes you do have to do its job.
You can continue to eat a little cottage cheese with a lot of fat OR get the lactase enzyme and eat all the cottage cheese you want (you just may need more enzymes with very large portions).