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Calories in Sugar

Calories in Sugar

Please note: all calorie values are approximate

Sugar (Serving size)
Calories
Table Sugar, 1 level teaspoon (4g)
15
Table Sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon (6g)
25
Table Sugar, 1 cup
770
Table Sugar, average (1 cube)
25
Icing Sugar, 1 average tablespoon (12g)
48

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
15-18 years 2110
Teenage Boy Average Daily Energy Needs
11-14 years 2220 calories
15-18 years 2755

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.

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