What is a scooped bagel and is it healthier?

A hollowed-out bagel is a bagel that has most of the bread inside removed.

Some people believe that removing the inner part of bagels makes them healthier and promotes weight loss. Others like to use hollowed-out bagels for sandwiches to hold more fillings and be easier to eat.

This article reviews the basics of spoon bagels, as well as the possible pros and cons.

As the name suggests, the inside of a hollowed-out bagel is partially hollowed out. Typically, the bread between the crust of the two halves is removed.

Some bagel stores offer the option to have bagels picked up when ordering.

Meanwhile, other stores do not approve of this practice, and may even oppose it. After all, picking up bagels might be considered a waste of the essence of food for some bagel lovers.

You can pick up bagels at home. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Cut the bagel in half.
  2. Use your fingers, a spoon or a fork to scoop out the desired amount of bread between the crust of the two halves.
  3. Enjoy your bagel with toppings or toppings of your choice.


The hollowed out bagels have had the bread between the crust removed.

Since part of the bagel is removed in a hollowed-out bagel, its nutritional profile is different from that of an uncored bagel.

There is no set amount of calories, carbs, or other nutrients in a bagel. This is because the nutrition of bagels can vary widely, depending on the size and type. The amount taken can also differ and affect nutrition.

As a rough guide, it’s generally estimated that the calories and nutrients in a bagel are halved when picked up.

Here’s how the calories and macronutrients compare for a large plain bagel, a large plain bagel that has been hollowed out, a small plain bagel, a small hollowed-out bagel, and a slice of white bread (1, 2):

Most bagel stores sell bagels that would be considered large or even larger, while the bagels you buy at the grocery store are usually smaller. Taking half of a large bagel probably makes it nutritionally comparable to a small bagel.


It is difficult to estimate the nutritional value of hollowed-out bagels, as it can vary depending on the size, type, and amount extracted. Generally, scooping out a large bagel can cut the calorie content by about half.

Hollow-out bagels may offer some benefits, depending on your situation.

For one thing, they’re lower in calories than bagels that haven’t been picked up.

Eating fewer calories than you burn can lead to weight loss. So, those trying to lose weight might consider ordering a scooped bagel rather than an uncored bagel (3).

Eliminating bagels also reduces carb content, which may appeal to people with diabetes. Consuming fewer carbs may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and help manage diabetes (4).

However, choosing bagels is not necessary to help with weight loss or diabetes management. If you don’t eat bagels often, choosing a bagel over a bagel probably won’t make much of a difference.

Maintaining an overall healthy diet instead of focusing on calories or carbs in a single food is a healthier and more sustainable way to tackle weight loss and conditions, like diabetes.

If bagels are a source of pleasure for you, you can definitely find ways to incorporate them into a balanced diet, even if you’re trying to lose weight or manage a health condition.

Here are some ideas:

  • Choose meals that include non-starchy vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains.
  • In this eating pattern, balance the consumption of bagels with other foods.
  • If you eat a bagel as part of a meal, choose a half-large or a very small bagel instead of a very large one.
  • Consider pairing bagels with a source of protein, such as eggs or peanut butter, and adding vegetables as a topping to make it a more balanced meal.

Hollow-out bagels are also appealing for reasons unrelated to nutrition.

Some people prefer to order spoon bagels for sandwiches. This is because large bagels, such as those found in most bagel shops, can be difficult to eat when filled with fillings.

Using a hollowed-out bagel for a sandwich can make biting easier. It can also hold more toppings than an uncored bagel and keep things from toppling over when you take a bite.


Hollowed-out bagels contain fewer calories and carbs than their non-cored counterparts. Some people also consider it best to use them for sandwiches.

Generally, it may be best to limit your intake of bagels. They are usually made with white flour and are a source of refined carbohydrates. Dietary recommendations for weight loss and diabetes encourage choosing mostly whole grains and fiber-rich carbs (4).

Also, since a large portion of a picked up bagel is removed, a lot of bread can be wasted.

If you still prefer to scoop up your bagels, try using the leftover filling in one of the following ways to avoid waste:

  • Turn it into breadcrumbs by toasting it in the oven, then passing it through a food processor.
  • Make croutons by cutting them into squares, toss with olive oil and seasonings, and bake until crispy.
  • Use it to dip into soup.

Also, hollowed-out bagels may not be ideal for some preparations.

Although it can be argued that they are better for sandwiches, many people find that hollowed-out bagels don’t taste as good as non-hollowed bagels when paired with cream cheese or other spreads.

If you’re trying a bagel shop for the first time and ordering a spoon bagel, you may not get the full experience.


Collected bagels can contribute to food waste. Also, the dining experience of eating a scooped bagel may not be the same as eating an uncored bagel.

Hollow-out bagels, with most of the bread between the crust removed, can be appealing in some ways.

Since they contain fewer calories and carbohydrates, some may think they aid in weight loss or blood sugar control. However, you don’t need to choose scooped bagels over non-cored bagels to lose weight. Whole bagels can be incorporated into a balanced diet.

Others like to order scoop bagels for sandwiches because they’re easier to fill and eat. Ultimately, whether you prefer hollowed-out bagels is a personal preference.

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