Fat Grams in a Bagel

by Amy Long Carrera

Your body uses fat to stay warm, protect your vital organs, absorb nutrients and make important hormones. A little goes a long way, however, as too much of this energy-dense nutrient can contribute to weight gain. By itself, your breakfast bagel won't break the fat bank. But consider the fat contained in what you put on your bagel. Choose lower-fat versions of cream cheese or butter, for example, and spread lightly.

Low-Fat Breakfast Bread

Besides being a vehicle for your favorite cream cheese spread, bagels are a low-fat food. A plain bagel contains less than 3 grams of fat per serving, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The fat content of bagels may vary slightly, depending on the variety. A 100-gram oat bran bagel provides 1.2 grams of fat, for example, while a cinnamon-raisin bagel of the same size provides 1.7 grams per serving, according to NutritionValue.Org. An egg bagel comes in at 2.1 fat grams.

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About the Author

Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.