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Are Bagels Healthy?

by Toni Olukiran

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Big fan of a bagel and wondering whether they’re actually healthy? Read on for your questions answered. 

About bagels

Bagels are a type of bread product formed in a ring shape using wheat dough which is first boiled and then baked for a soft and chewy inside but a golden-brown and crisper outside. Originating in Jewish communities in Poland, the first known mention of the now-infamous bread was actually in 1610, where they were thought to be presented to women in childbirth.

Nowadays, they’re popular around the world, and the UK is no exception. Sometimes all you want is a delicious breakfast bagel filled with your favourite fillings to set you up nicely for the day ahead. So are they healthy?

Are bagels healthy?

The nutritional value between bagels varies greatly spending on whether they’re store-bought, fresh, or flavoured for instance, so its nutritional value does depend on what variety you’re eating. Store-bought bagels can be high in calories in salt, especially flavoured ones such as cinnamon and raisin. This also excludes any topping and fillings you may add, which meals that bagels can potentially be a higher calorie meal than you may expect. However, wholegrain varieties have good nutritional benefits, such as high fibre which is good for maintaining gut health, as well as being a source of minerals and vitamins that promote good digestive health. 

Ultimately, bagels can absolutely be included as part of a balanced diet, and they are filling and make a good breakfast or lunch. 

To have a go making your own, use our vegan bagel recipe here. 

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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