Dunkin' Donuts plain and everything bagels earned high marks from Consumer Reports' testers in a recent report now available online. The results will be published in the May 2012 magazine.
Dunkin' Donuts' store-bought plain and everything bagels joined Lender's Original frozen and Kirkland Signature from Costco as the most recommended bagels. In total, eight plain and four everything bagels were tested.
The bagels were judged on taste and nutrition.
"A bagel should have a slightly crispy crust, notable 'pull' when bitten into, like a good Italian bread, chewy innards, and a freshly baked flavor," said Nicole Sarrubbo, associate editor, Consumer Reports. "And once you find a delicious bagel, what you do next is important. We found that toasting can change the texture of the bagel, sometimes improving it, sometimes not, while also altering the taste in some instances. And of course, adding cream cheese or any other topping gives your bagel a whole new dimension."
According to the report, topping a bagel with two tablespoons of cream cheese adds 100 calories and 10 grams of fat. Less caloric options include smoked salmon, which adds 35 calories and 1 gram of fat. Sarrubbo suggests other toppings such as jam or hummus to keep calories and fat down.
The nutritional value of a bagel depends on the size and type. The report points out that "everything" bagels, which contain onion, garlic, sesame seed, poppy seed, and other toppings, tend to have more fat probably as a result of the additional seeds. The full-size bagels have 260 to 350 calories, usually 1 to 4.5 grams of fat, 330 to 660 milligrams of sodium, and 2 to 5 grams of fiber.
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