Calorie Bargain: The Alternative Bagel

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Calorie Bargain: The Alternative

The Why: It isn’t a traditional bagel, but for what it is, it is pretty amazing.

The Bonus: To keep them low in calories, Western Bagel has replaced flour with a combination of oat fiber, inulin [fiber/bulking agent] and wheat starch, which helps reduce the carbs and increase the dietary fiber.

What We Liked Best: We loved all the flavors, but our favorite was Sweet Wheat, which actually has 1 more gram of both and fiber than the others.

What We Liked Least: They’re not 100 percent whole grain, and they’re a bit small. Also, you have to buy them from the website because they’re not available everywhere.

The Price: $3.50 per bag.

Offerings: Cinnamon Spice, Sweet Wheat, Country White, Roasted Onion and Very Blueberry.


Where to Buy: Kroger, Publix, Albertson’s, Company website.

Ingredients: Enriched Unbleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid),Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Corn Starch, Inulin, Oat Fiber, Wheat Bran, May Contain 2% Or Less Of: Calcium Sulfate, Enzymes, L-Cysteine,Yeast, Salt, Calcium Propionate And Sorbic Acid (Preservatives) Artificial Flavor, Dextrose*, Sucralose (A No Calorie Sweetener).

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 2-oz bagel

110 calories
0g fat
25g carbs
6g protein
7g fiber
200mg sodium

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