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Calories in 1 Tsp. of Sugar

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In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.
Calories in 1 Tsp. of Sugar
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Sugar, typically made from sugar cane or sugar beets, consists of pure sucrose. Though sugar contains no vitamins or minerals and is generally not considered a good source of nutrition, it is relatively high in caloric value, per serving.

Calories

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 16 calories within a 1-tsp. serving of sugar, of which carbohydrates deliver the entire amount. No calories come from protein or fat.

Total Caloric Intake

A single 1-tsp. serving of sugar contains just 0.2 percent of the daily recommended intake of calories for the average adult. This percentage is based on a typical 2,000-calorie-per-day diet.

Contents

One tsp. of sugar weighs just 4.2 g, as stated by the USDA. There are no indigestible ingredients, other nutrients or water in sugar.

Consumption

According to the dietary reference intakes from the Institute of Medicine, infants up to 6 months should consume around 60 g of carbohydrates, including sugar, per day, while infants from 7 to 12 months should take in around 95 g. The daily reference intake for both children and adults is 130 g of carbohydrates per day. Women who are pregnant should consume approximately 175 g and women who are breast-feeding should take in 210 g, on average.

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