Sugar is added to various food items to enhance their taste. Sugar sweetens the food items and its content varies in different foods. The calorie content in 1 teaspoon of sugar, if consumed raw, is 16.3. The same amount of sugar contains 4.2 grams Carbohydrates and 0.1 mg Potassium. The other nutrients including Proteins, Vitamins, Calcium, Sodium and Dietary Fiber are nil in sugar. Sugar contains no Fat content either; be it saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat or monounsaturated fat all of them are nil in sugar.
The calorie content in sugar varies based on the amount of sugar being consumed. For instance 2 cubes of sugar contain 19.4 calories while one gram sugar has 3.9 calories, 1 oz sugar contains 109 calories, 1 Ib sugar has 1775 calories and 1 kg sugar contains as many as 3870 calories. While the calorie content is high in sugar it does not cause bad Cholesterol. Alcohol content is also nil in sugar and so is the Copper, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Iron, Riboflavin, Manganese, Magnesium Selenium and Zinc content. All this holds good when sugar is consumed in raw form, however the fact remains that it is seldom consumed in raw form. When consumed as a part of a dish, the nutrition intake depends on the food item consumed.
It is said that women should not consume more than 100 calories per day. Consuming six tea spoons of sugar which is approximately 24 grams completed the required daily intake of calories in women. While men should not consume more than 150 calories a day which is equivalent to 9 teaspoons of sugar that is approximately 36 grams. Sugar is found in almost all the fruits; consuming a diet rich in fruits gives adequate sugar to the body. Some amount of sugar content is also present in certain vegetables as well as dairy products.