Ask the Diva: Is a Bagel Really Worse Than a Doughnut?
Q. Every now and then I enjoy a bagel with cream cheese, but people are always telling me that bagels are actually worse for you than doughnuts. I have looked up the nutrition information and it just doesn't seem true. Sure bagels have a lot of carbs, but are they really worse than other bread? Yes the cream cheese has some fat, but is it really worse than a doughnut with chocolate icing? And what if I have a whole wheat bagel with low fat cream cheese?
A. Who are these "people" and why are they bothering you about your breakfast? And what’s this healthy alternative they’re proposing? A trans-fat and sugar-laden doughnut? Please.
You’re right, bagels are no worse than other types of bread--although a large bagel can be the equivalent of 3 or more slices of bread. And the fats in cream cheese are no “worse” than a doughnut--although a heavy schmear could add a few hundred calories.
And, yes, a whole wheat bagel might be a slightly better choice. My personal preference, however, would be to stick with my favorite (poppy) and just have half—with reduced fat cream cheese.