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The Calories in One Tablespoon of Brown Sugar

author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
The Calories in One Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
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Brown sugar, or white sugar combined with molasses, comes in light and dark varieties. It adds flavor and calories to a variety of dessert recipes and can serve as a sweet accompaniment to coffee or tea.

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A 1-tbsp. serving of brown sugar contains 52 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database. Based on the USDA-recommended diet of 2,000 calories per day, this accounts for 2.6 percent of the calories you should consume in a day.


A 1-tbsp. serving of brown sugar does not offer much in the way of nutritional value, according to the National Nutrient Database. This portion of brown sugar provides 11 mg of calcium, 1 mg of phosphorus, 1 mg of magnesium, 18 mg of potassium and trace amounts of iron, copper, selenium, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.


Many of calories in brown sugar come from sucrose, a sugar. The National Nutrient Database indicates that a 1-tbsp. serving of brown sugar contains 13.05 mg. An article on the Women Fitness website warns that a diet high in sugars, like sucrose, can cause rapid weight gain.

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