Calories in Sugar
Please note: all calorie values are approximate
|Sugar (Serving size)||
|Table Sugar, 1 level teaspoon (4g)||
|Table Sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon (6g)||
|Table Sugar, 1 cup||
|Table Sugar, average (1 cube)||
|Icing Sugar, 1 average tablespoon (12g)||
Sugar Intake – Calories & Calorie Intake
Over consumption of sugar is a growing problem.
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest states that Americans eat 20 percent more sugar now than in 1986.
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American eats 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day (this added sugar does not include lactose or fructose, the naturally occurring sugars in milk and fruit); that’s equivalent to 16 percent of total calorie intake.
- Many two-ounce candy bars, 12-ounce sodas and one-cup servings of ice cream contain 10 or more teaspoons of added sugar.
- The USDA recommends adults consume no more than 40g of sugar per 2000 calories.
UK Guidelines: Teens and Adolescent Energy Needs
|Teenage Girl||Average Daily Energy Needs|
|11-14 years||1845 calories|
|Teenage Boy||Average Daily Energy Needs|
|11-14 years||2220 calories|
Note: Strictly speaking all kilocalories are equal in energy terms, but most dietitians advise calorie savings achieved by consuming nutrient-dense foods in preference to “empty calorie” foods like sugar or sucrose, that contain calories but little if any nutrition.