Since 1981, Panera Bread has been baking fresh, specialty breads. They rank high among their loyal customers and have been awarded and recognized by many, including Zagat for being the best in offering healthy options.
Panera Bread Bagel Nutrition
All 13 Panera bagels are made with unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour and malted barley flour). Added nutrients include reduced iron, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid).
Unbleached flour is bleached naturally by oxygen in the air. This is a simple process but can be time-consuming (takes a few weeks to complete) and more expensive than bleached flour. Bleached flour is bleached with chemicals (many being toxic) and only takes a few minutes instead of weeks to process. Some European countries have banned bleached flour because of the possible health risks it may cause.
Calories & Carbohydrates
If you are trying to lose weight or just wanting to maintain a healthy weight, you will want to take into consideration how many calories and carbohydrates you are consuming. The type of carbohydrates are also important. You will want less sugars and more fiber. Fiber provides a full-feeling and is not digested by the body. Less sugars and more fiber also helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Calories range from 290 (plain) to 430 (cinnamon crunch).
Carbohydrates range from 55 grams (asiago cheese) to 80 grams (cinnamon crunch).
Sugars range from 3 grams (plain, sesame, asiago cheese) to 33 grams (Dutch apple & raisin).
Fiber ranges from 2-6 grams with most being 2.
Fats & Cholesterol
All bagels claim to have zero trans fat (trans fat has also been banned in some countries because of the harm they may cause). However, some bagels contain partially hydrogenated oil (which is a trans fat). Food companies are allowed to claim zero if one serving has less than 0.5 grams.
Bagels containing partially hydrogenated oil are trail mix, cinnamon crunch, Dutch apple & raisin, blueberry (less than 2%), French toast, and chocolate chip.
All bagels are low in saturated fat (0-4 grams). Saturated fat is considered a “bad” fat and should be limited or avoided. Saturated fat can raise “bad” cholesterol levels. All but 1 bagel (asiago cheese - has 10 milligrams) have zero cholesterol.
Sodium ranges from 420 milligrams to 630 milligrams.
Protein is an important nutrient for the body and has many functions. All bagels have a decent amount of protein, ranging from 8-13 grams.
All Panera bagels have 20% iron. Iron is another important nutrient (mineral) the body needs.
All bagels contain wheat. Some contain milk, soy, and/or egg.
All bagels include mono and diglycerides (less than 2%). These preservatives may cause cancer and birth defects.
All include azodicarbonamide (less than 2%).
According to Panera Bread bagel nutrition information, values are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
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