My grandchildren are given 9% cottage cheese. That's for two reasons. One, it's the only cottage cheese not laced with extra calcium, and two, because my daughter and I don't see the natural milkfat as unhealthy. It's certainly healthier to have 9% cottage and not eat yellow or processed cheese. Also the natural milkfat helps in the digestion of the milk protein.
More and more, actually, an uncontrollable, for the consumer that is, amount and varieties of foods nowadays have added calcium.
The little red light and siren screaming added-calcium went off in my head when I read this article, actually first in the International Herald Tribune. It's all about how common it now is for children as young as five or six to suffer from kidney stones, "once considered a disorder of middle age."
The article blames salt and processed foods.
Forty to 65 percent of kidney stones are formed when oxalate, a byproduct of certain foods, binds to calcium in the urine. (Other common types include calcium phosphate stones and uric acid stones.) And the two biggest risk factors for this binding process are not drinking enough fluids and eating too much salt; both increase the amount of calcium and oxalate in the urine.
Excess salt has to be excreted through the kidneys, but salt binds to calcium on its way out, creating a greater concentration of calcium in the urine and the kidneys.
I don't understand why they ignore the fact that there is a lot of added calcium in foods kids eat, like breakfast cereals and dairy products. I'm not saying that salt is "innocent," but it does take two to tango.