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.
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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.