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How Many Calories in a Teaspoon of Granulated Sugar?

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A freelance writer for more than 30 years, D.M. Gutierrez has had nonfiction, fiction and poetry published in women's, mystery, academic, children's, disability and teen print publications and websites including "Psychological Reports" and "Highlights for Children." She has an advanced degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis.
How Many Calories in a Teaspoon of Granulated Sugar?
Granulated sugar is often used to sweeten other foods. Photo Credit: ajafoto/iStock/Getty Images

Granulated sugar is processed from either sugar cane or sugar beets. It is primarily used in cooking and baking and also as added sweetening to foods such as cereal or coffee.

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One teaspoon of granulated sugar contains about 16 calories. One sugar cube has about 9 calories, while 1 cup contains 774 calories.


Granulated sugar has little nutrition beyond carbohydrates. Each teaspoon has 4 g of carbohydrate and 0 g of fat and protein. There are no vitamins or minerals in a teaspoon of granulated sugar.


Although a teaspoon of brown sugar, molasses or honey has slightly more calories than a teaspoon of granulated sugar, these alternatives are also higher in nutrition. A teaspoon of sugar substitute in granulated form, such as Splenda, contains no calories or nutrition.

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