Granulated sugar is the most commonly used form of sugar. This article provides some information about the calorific value of granulated sugar.
We all know that sweetness is one of the basic tastes, and sugar is one of the commonly used food additives. It is available in different forms, but granulated sugar is the most commonly used type. As the name rightly suggests, granulated sugar is sold as granules of different sizes. Even though it is an excellent sweetener, over consumption of sugar has always been linked to obesity, diabetes, and a wide range of other health conditions. However, the fact is that sugar is a basic carbohydrate that is required by the human body for generating energy. It is necessary for the smooth functioning of various organs. It is the excess consumption of sugar that causes adverse effects on health.
What is Granulated Sugar?
Granulated sugar is available in differently sized granules, which are obtained by processing sugarcane or sugar beet. These crystals are dried, so that they do not clump together, and maintain a free-flowing nature. Earlier, sugar was available in blocks, as the granules stuck together to form large lumps, due to the high moisture content in them. So, large blocks of sugar had to be stored, and were broken into small pieces that were crushed before use.
However, with the advancement in technology, the refining and crystallization procedures were perfected. The sugar granules are produced in different sizes, and are dried before packaging, so that they do not form lumps. It is always advisable to store sugar in a cool, dry place; so as to ensure that the sugar crystals remain free-flowing.
While the basic table sugar has a standard size; there are coarser ones, like sanding sugar or decorating sugar. Even fine ones, like caster sugar, and powdered form called icing sugar are available. Apart from the refined version of granulated sugar that is pure white in color; you may also buy a raw variety, which is not rigorously processed, like the refined type. Such raw version has a light golden color instead of white. This color is due to the presence of molasses. This type of sugar usually comes in large grains, and may form lumps.
Sugar does not contain fats and vitamins. Certain minerals are found in trace amounts. 100 grams of granulated sugar contain approximately 99.98 grams of carbohydrate, 2 mg of potassium, 1 mg of calcium, and 0.6 mcg selenium. The following table will provide you with a basic idea about granulated sugar calories.
|One serving 1 cube (2.3 g)||9 kcal|
|One serving packet (2.8 g)||11 kcal|
|One teaspoon (4.2 g)||16 kcal|
|One tablespoon (14 g)||48 kcal|
|One ounce (28.4 g)||110 kcal|
|100 g||387 kcal|
|One cup (200 g)||774 kcal|
* Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
This information may be useful in calculating your calorie intake. So, enjoy the sweetness of sugar in a controlled way, and be healthy.