For anyone who has been lucky enough to travel to New York City, they will know that it is truly a foodie paradise.
Despite the many world class restaurants and culinary innovations on offer, sometimes it is nice to indulge in something as simple as a $1 slice of pizza or a classic New York bagel as you stroll down fifth avenue.
A simple poppy seed bagel with butter can be pure bliss on a cold Melbourne morning, or you can go the whole hog somewhere like Bowery to Williamsburg in the CBD, where you can get a 5 and Dime bagel encasing a gooey fried egg, pickles, melted cheese, crispy American bacon, or something more traditional like lox and thickly smeared cream cheese in a myriad of flavours.
But without all those trimmings, just exactly what is the nutritional value of a bagel? There are many rumours out there that bagels are better for your diet than wholemeal bread! So how do you know what to order next time you are out and want a wholesome breakkie?
Well in short, it depends what your primary health concerns are. If you’re counting calories, a bagel will cost you more than a slice of wholemeal toast. A wholemeal bagel will clock in at around 245 calories, whereas two slice of wholemeal bread is roughly 138 calories.However, when it comes to fat content, they are roughly the same. Obviously this depends on the size and thickness of the bagel and bread – but you get the idea.
If you’re on a high protein diet, bagels might be a better choice. A normal sized bagel will have about 10 grams of protein, compared to a measly 7 grams in your two slices of bread, but in terms of fibre they are very similar, with the bagel containing roughly 3.8 grams and bread 4 grams.
Bagels have nearly double the salt of bread but contain about a quarter of your daily intake of vitamins such as folate and niacin.
Next time you are in New York, or possibly just in any Melbourne brunch spot, weigh up your decision (although in the end it will be the toppings that will really be the make or break of your morning feast – so just enjoy!)
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