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Preparation, uses, and tips

Toast bagels, spread with low-fat cream cheese, and top with thinly sliced red onion and cucumber.

Buying and storing tips

Buy bagels in the bakery, bread, or refrigerated- or frozen-food sections of most health food and grocery stores. Choose the whole-grain variety whenever possible. Store in a plastic bag at room temperature, and use within a couple of days.


Bagels come in dozens of varieties, from sweet to savory, and may contain dried fruit, nuts, seeds (usually poppy or sesame), herbs, spices, or sweeteners. They’re available in whole-wheat, white, and multi-grain varieties.

Nutrition Highlights

Bagel (plain, toasted), 1 Bagel (3 1/2-inch diameter [8.9cm])
Calories: 195
Protein: 7.4g
Carbohydrate: 38g
Total Fat: 1.0g
Fiber: 1.6g
*Excellent source of: Selenium (23mg), and Thiamine (0.3mg)
*Good source of: Iron (2.5mg), and Folate (49mcg)

*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.

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