Ahh, is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a slightly chewy, slightly crispy bagel on a weekend morning? (I dare you to give a better alternative.) Then again, they often tend to lead to post-brunch naps (hello, food coma). Not to mention, bagels tend to get a bad rep for being, well, not the healthiest. But are they really so bad? Or can I continue to lead my very best bagel life?
Just tell me: How many calories are in a bagel?
“When it comes to bagels, a lot depends on where you live,” explains Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table. “Different cities, areas and countries make different kinds of bagels.” And store bought varieties may differ in size and ingredients, too. As a result, bagels can run anywhere from 240 to 400 calories.
According to the USDA, an average medium plain bagel has 277 calories. (Yeah no, that does not include the cream cheese.)
Protein: 11 g
Fat: 1 g
Saturated fat: 0.3 g
Carbohydrates: 55 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 9 g
Sodium: 443 mg
In comparison, one bagel contains about as many grams of carbs as three slices of bread.