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Calories in Bagels

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Bagels Health Facts

Bagels, usually made from yeasted wheat dough that is boiled and then baked, are known for their high calorie and carbohydrate content. There are health benefits of bagels when incorporated into a daily meal plan, however. Whole meal flour bagels are digested slowly and help you feel fuller for longer. In addition, the protein content (about 11 grams in a 4 inch plain bagel) slows the absorption of carbohydrates into the blood stream, controlling blood sugar levels and providing steady energy over an extended period of time. Bagels also contain a variety of minerals, including zinc, magnesium, iron, thiamin, and more. Although the carbohydrate content is high, those who have trouble sleeping can benefit from this: high carbohydrate content increases serotonin, which decreases anxiety and promotes sleep. In moderation, bagels are a healthy component of a diet.

What to Eat With Bagels

Since bagels are already high in calories and carbohydrates, it is important to choose healthy toppings to avoid adding even more calories, carbohydrates, and fat. For a more nutritious option when available choose low calorie bagels like mini bagels. Toppings containing protein are a good choice, since protein will slow the absorption of carbohydrates into the blood stream. Avoid bagels that have fruit or various other products baked into them, and opt for a plain bagel so that you can control what goes in it yourself. Nutritious options include low fat cream cheese, lox, and low-fat peanut butter.