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How Many Calories in a Teaspoon of Granulated Sugar?

By D.M. Gutierrez

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.


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.

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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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