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Ten Bagel Statistics You Never Thought Could Be Real

Ten Bagel Statistics You Never Thought Could Be Real

Do you know bagels? Like, really know them? Maybe you think you are a bagel connoisseur, a bagel expert, or even a bagel pro. Even the smartest and most avid bagel fanatics don’t know everything there is to know about bagels, however – which is why we’ve collected some of the most outrageous bagel statistics just for you!

  1. Bagels are eaten by 61% of adults. Of those, over 50% say fresh bagels are best! Bagels sales keep going up, while other bread sales decline (thanks in part to low carb fad diets sweeping the nation.)
  2. People eat bagels the most in the mornings, and 77% of the time it’s as a “main dish”, with only a topping and a beverage as accompaniment!
  3. Bagel eating in the US is concentrated around the Great Lakes and the NJ, NW and PA areas – topped by New Yorkers, Bagels are favored over other bread products!
  4. Bagels tend to be considered an elite food, being consumed by higher income households and individuals.
  5. Mini bagels are starting to become the alternative for those seeking a lower calorie diet – people are unwilling to give up their favorite food, so portion control has become key!
  6.  In 2011, over 2,000 people cut their fingers so badly slicing bagels that they had to go to the ER. This makes cutting bagels the most dangerous kitchen related activity – beating out even burns!
  7. The average number of calories in a full sized, unadorned, plain New Yorker bagel is 240. You can up that caloric number by adding toppings, or reduce it by option for a New Yorker mini bagel!
  8. Currently, 189 schools offer courses in bagel making. Looking to switch careers? The average salary of a bagel maker is $25,350 a year!
  9. One famous bagel seller used to leave a delivery of bagels and a wooden box for money (honor system = $1 per bagel) unattended at various establishments. Out of 7,000 boxes a year, he generally loses only one to theft – however, the rate of theft for his bagels is 10%! (Interesting stat – more executives would take a bagel without paying than a low level employee!)
  10. Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for – the current holder of the Guinness Book of World Records is Bruegger’s Bagels, who baked an 868 lb. bagel measuring 6 feet across, displayed at the New York State Fair in 2004. (State Fair visitors were able to sample the bagel!)

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