Bagels are considered to be a good breakfast option. This food item is prepared from wheat flour and is preferred with cream cheese. Most of the calories in bagel come from carbohydrates. An average serving of a plain bagel which weighs around 4 oz contains 289 calories. Adding 2 tablespoons of cream cheese to it increases its calorie content to approximately 388 calories. Adding a teaspoon of butter to it increases the content further to 424 calories. However, you have the option of using low fat cream cheese which would not increase the calorie content to this extent.
The calorie content of Bagel also varies on its method of preparation. Most people prefer consuming Toasted bagels. A large toasted bagel which weighs around 123 grams contains approximately 354 calories out of which 19 calories come from fat. The total fat content in an equal serving of bagel is 2.1 grams out of which 0.3 gram is saturated fat, 1.2 grams is polyunsaturated fat and 0.5 gram is monounsaturated fat. The total sodium content in an equal serving of toasted bagel is 590 mg, carbohydrate content is 70.2 grams, dietary fiber content is 3.2 grams, proteins is 13.7 grams and sugar is 7.2 grams. Bagel also contains some amount of calcium, iron and other essential minerals.
A medium bagel which weighs around 99 grams contains approximately 285 calories out of which as less as 15 calories come from fat. The total fat content in an equal sized bagel is 1.7 grams out of which 0.3 grams is saturated fat, 0.9 grams is polyunsaturated fat and 0.4 grams is monounsaturated fat content. The total sodium content in it is 475 mg, carbohydrates content is 56.5 grams and protein content is 11 grams.
Some people also prefer consuming bagel with peanut butters while others like it with eggs. However, the calorie content in each of these differs from the other.