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The Carb Count of a Bagel

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
The Carb Count of a Bagel
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If you're short on time in the morning, a bagel serves as a convenient breakfast food. If you're intent on following a low-carbohydrate diet, however, this baked treat isn't necessarily ideal. Regardless of their specific nature, bagels contain plenty of carbs.

Plain Bagels

Many standard varieties of plain bagel have dozens of carbs. A 3.5-ounce wheat bagel contains 48 grams of carbohydrates. A 3.7-ounce oat bran or egg bagel each has 56 grams of carbs.

Flavored Bagels

Expect a flavored bagel to contain roughly the same number of carbohydrates. A 3.7-ounce cinnamon-raisin bagel has 58 grams of carbs, which is only slightly higher than a plain bagel. A 3.7-ounce bagel topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds or onion flakes contains 53 grams of carbs.

Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Grabbing a breakfast sandwich on a bagel at a fast-food restaurant gives you significantly more calories than consuming a plain or flavored bagel, but you won't experience a major increase in carbs. A bagel loaded with ham, egg and cheese contains 52.4 grams of carbs, while a bagel with egg, cheese and a sausage patty has 49.6 grams of carbs. With a piece of steak in lieu of ham or sausage, the breakfast sandwich has 58.4 grams of carbs.

Dressing Your Bagel

Spreading a standard topping on your bagel increases its carb count to varying degrees. Two tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese adds just 2.4 more grams of carbs to the bagel, but 2 tablespoons of reduced-fat peanut butter increases the meal's carb count by 12.8 grams. Two tablespoons of jam or preserves adds an extra 27.5 grams of carbohydrates to the bagel.

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