Before diabetes, bagels were one of my staples. And while I don’t have a hard time avoiding carbs in general, if there are bagels in the room, the best thing for me to do is get away since bagels are about as high in carb as it gets. In fact, one bagel can have as many carbs as four slices of bread. A whole wheat Bruegger’s bagel has 61 grams of carb. A Dunkin Donuts multigrain bagel has 65 grams of carb and contains high fructose corn syrup! A whole grain bagel at Panera Bread has 67 grams of carb. (Apparently that myth about all the carbs falling out through the hole in the middle just isn’t true.)
If you’re going to have a sandwich, carb-wise, a bagel isn’t your best choice. Unless you do as my grandmother (who was always on a diet) used to do: cut the bagel in half, dig out the delicious doughy middle and just eat the shell.