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Why do bagels have such a bad rep?


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Seriously, I know that a large bagel is like consuming 4 pieces of bread but there is no real reason to avoid them really. Is it because of the whole atkins craze, thats why people speak badly about them? I havent had a bagel in quite sometime but now I can't really figure why I havent. Yes they can be around 300 calories but what makes them an unhealthy breakfast or lunch? Throw some fat free cream cheese on there and you have a nice low calorie meal.

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There's nothing wrong with bagels at all.  However, they are quite a lot of calories in one hit.  If someone was trying to lose weight  they wouldn't be able to enjoy too many whole bagels at 300 cals a pop.  And, even if you're not a 'low-carber' (which I'm certainly not) they can be rather heavy duty - stodgy.

Enjoy your bagels.

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Agreed! I eat bagels all the time! I just scoop out much of the middle, which actually shaves off quite a few calories. For a pre-run snack, I just love them, as they provide carbs for energy and a bit of protein (cream cheese) for endurance. Make good egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, too. Yum! 

You know, if you're in the U.S., there are several brands that make 100 calorie ones, too. They're about the same weight as half a normal sized bagel; probably just convenience, as these things go. I'm with gi-jane....enjoy your bagels!

Original Post by darkbeam:

 Throw some fat free cream cheese on there and you have a nice low calorie meal.

A nice low-calorie meal made up of overly-processed 'food' with little to no nutritional value.

Just because it's low calorie doesn't mean it's good for you.

They're totally fine as a meal. Throw on some low fat cream cheese, or some lean ham, lettuce and tomato and if you add a piece of fresh fruit, you have a meal for about 500 kcals, which even if you're on a diet, is ok for an entire meal (just cut out a snack).

And the nice thing is feeling physically and mentally satisfied. It's all about balancing calories throughout the day, and bagels can be a part of that.

V.

 

The bagels I buy are not diet bagels, contain only natural ingredients and they only have 230 calories. Perhaps they are smaller than a standard US bagel, but to me they look normal. I love 'em - at the moment I have pumpernickel bagels but I also buy the rye and wholegrain varieties of the same brand.

Great with cream cheese, fruit cheese or smears of brie. Laughing

i eat bagels for bfast regularly, theyre from the supermarket+250 cals.

if i get them from a bagel store, they could be 400+++cals.

theyre not bad! it is what it is,  maybe i wont have bagels at every meal but 1 a day, u need bread, wahts the prob?

I just find that the bagels I get here in the US are too big and dont really fill me up enough to justify having them on a regular basis. The Canadian ones are smaller, chewier and simply delicious!

I do love bagels though so I have 1/2 a abegl with cream cheese once in a while as a snack.

My favorite is half a cinnamon raisin bagel (toasted) with peanut butter.  Mmmm! :)  That's a good snack for me, and keeps me full for quite a while.

Clint

Damn...I hate you guys now because now I want a bagel! Lmao. :P

Nah, I eat bagels and I don't see a problem with them. I think it is mostly due to the *atkins* craze. If you're going low carb obviously they are a no-no. I'm sorry though, if I didn't eat any carbs especially bread I would be majorly b***hy. Ha Ha.

I <3 bagels! If you want to eat them, then I say by all means do so, just fit them into your caloric intake for the day. ;) I would definitely say they are way more healthier (especially if on a Whole wheat or multi grain bagel) then having a cheese danish/ some other type of sugary pastry in the morning.

Carb Filled Calorie Bombs!

You say that like it's a bad thing... :)

Clint

I really like the Sara Lee mini cinnamon bagels.  They're only 100 calories each, and I often have two for breakfast with a glass of V8 Fusion.  That's a 250-calorie breakfast and I don't feel guilty at all. 

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You say that like it's a bad thing... :)

Clint

She avoids fruits, enough said.

Personally I find most bagels just aren't that feeling and taste bland. Although I love Perfect 10 bagels made by Western Bagels bakery. Too bad I can't seem to find them where I am right now. :(

UD

Well, the person who advised me on my lifestyle changes is dead against bagels as well.  To be honest, I was never really a fan of them either.  But I really like my cinnamon-raisin/peanut butter "carb loaded calorie bombs", and they fit in my calorie budget for the day, so what the heck... :)  Plus I've met my weight goals, and she hasn't, so she can't say too much.

I usually only have half of a bagel at a time, though.  Basically, anything that gets peanut butter in my mouth is a good thing.  And I do find they keep me feeling full for a good chunk of the morning, too.

UD, it looks like you do a lot of cycling... Do you target a particular carb/protein/fat ratio?   I've been doing a lot more running than strength training lately, and the advice seems to be targeting a higher percentage of carbs for endurance type activities (vs. protein for strength/muscle building).  I think in the winter I might balance things out more, as my outdoor activities move indoor.

Also, have you seen some cycling sites/forums that might deal with training for a long (multi-day) ride?  I'm looking at an 11 day ride next summer, if I can get things in place.

Clint

Not really. Although looking at my log it breaks down to around 50-55 carb, and then protein/fat split somewhat evenly in 20s range. Actually fat is higher on average. I am trying to up my fat intake to see how it will effect things.

Try this website: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f= 231 They also have other sub forums, even one that deals with Training & Nutrition.

UD

Well, bagels are like any other kind of bread.  They aren't bad in moderation.

I don't eat bagels too often. There are certain kinds I don't eat.  The ones who are 260cals for a whole large one, the plain ones, and most certainly not with regular cream cheese. It's like a small meal.

If I do eat bagels at all, they are the smaller, whole grain ones. And most of the time I don't even eat a whole one.  I use 1 tsp on fat free cream cheese, and that's good enough for me.

 

Bagels are probably given such a bad rep because of everyone's idea that carbs make you balloon in weight, which the bagels have got plenty of, I'm not gonna lie. But any food is okay to have in moderation. If you have five 300 calorie bagels in one sitting, that's a bit excessive. But if you have one or two every now and then, you've got nothing to worry about. It's like Jane always says, "There are no bad foods, only bad diets". So to anyone whether you're losing, maintaining, or gaining, don't hesitate with bagels. If you want one, go for it!! To make it a bit more satisfying, you could add a bit of cream cheese or apt for a whole wheat bagel.

this is stupid, really, i just had one w lox and cream cheese, its just food ppl

Original Post by missmoonlight:

...I don't eat bagels too often. There are certain kinds I don't eat.  The ones who are 260cals for a whole large one, the plain ones, and most certainly not with regular cream cheese. It's like a small meal.

If I do eat bagels at all, they are the smaller, whole grain ones. And most of the time I don't even eat a whole one.  I use 1 tsp on fat free cream cheese, and that's good enough for me.

That just sounds... so unappetising. I would most certainly not use fat-free cream cheese on my bagels, what a waste of an eating experience. Bring on the real thing! Laughing

i think people blow the bagel thing out of proportion. if you have one bagel it is not going to kill you. if you have 3, then ok i would say that is bad. I enjoy an occasional bagel w/ some light cream cheese every now and then. everything is my favorite! :)

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