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1 teaspoon of sugar, how many calories?

1 teaspoon of sugar, how many calories?

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mercemployee

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330 posts

115 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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Just making my morning brew (with two sugars) and worked out that as I tend to have 5-7 brews a day, I am having
10-14 teaspoons of sugar a day, and I am wondering how many calories can I save by switching to sweeteners?

p.s. I know there are loads of places on the internet that can tell me this easily, but our uber-restrictive IT policy means this is one of only three sites of interest I can get to (the others being autotrader and autocar), so you guys get to answer my query.

Also, any other ideas on where I might be wasting calories woudl be welcomed.

Cheers

Plotloss

67,279 posts

179 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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15 calories in a level teaspoon (4g) of sugar apparently.

25 calories in a heaped teaspoon (6g)

Edited by Plotloss on Tuesday 13th May 08:57

Big Alf

33 posts

121 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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so thats approx 30 Kcals cup, average 6 cups a day for say at least 300 days a year = approx 54000 kcals a year, the equivalent to 15.4 lbs of fat!!! Now there's a thought! yikes

mercemployee

Original Poster:

330 posts

115 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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Got a bit sidetracked with some work to do earlier but was going to post the same thing. I waste 300 calories a day on sugar in my tea. Oh. My. God! frown

Time to buy some sweeteners for my cups of tea, and then I can have a mars bar EVERY DAY! hehe

Anyone else noticed ways to easily waste calories?

lingus75

1,522 posts

131 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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mercemployee said:
Got a bit sidetracked with some work to do earlier but was going to post the same thing. I waste 300 calories a day on sugar in my tea. Oh. My. God! frown

Time to buy some sweeteners for my cups of tea, and then I can have a mars bar EVERY DAY! hehe

Anyone else noticed ways to easily waste calories?
Using too much butter on hot toast as it soaks in and tastes so nice, just have to put a bit more on! Also, that extra chunk of cheese to eat by itself as you make a cheese sarnie....
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WhoreLex

1,818 posts

127 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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or you could do what normal people do and not have sugar in your tea?

I never get the point of adding sugar to stuff, same with salt

it just makes it taste of sugar?

I.e. removes the original taste.

thegavster

6,527 posts

171 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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I used to drink 4-5 pints of hi juice squash every day, however in my recent fitness drive I noticed how many calories this bloody stuff has in it! Drink just water now, much better for you!

Also I was drinking several cups of coffee a day with milk and sugar, so I've cut that back to one black coffee, then drink green tea without milk or sugar. According to the resource I've just found, a pint of milk has about 272 calories in it, so depending on how milky you have it you could consider just having something more plain to drink.

Scary to think that just the tea you're drinking is costing you up to 20% of your daily RDA of calories.


Penny-lope

13,645 posts

102 months

Tuesday 13th May 2008
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thegavster said:
Drink just water now, much better for you!

Scary to think that just the tea you're drinking is costing you up to 20% of your daily RDA of calories.
That's exactly what i do too...limit my tea intake to one cup a day, and just drink water instead of the usual brews through out the day.

That way you can still have a little treat, to make up for all the Cals you've just saved paperbag

Tuscan Tart

2,187 posts

118 months

Wednesday 14th May 2008
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I have 3 sugars in a cup of coffee, and usually drink gallons of the stuff. Have now switched to splenda, the nicest sweetner by far and 2 only cals per teaspoon. smile

WhoreLex

1,818 posts

127 months

Wednesday 14th May 2008
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shame that it will increase your chance of stomach cancer.

If you want to have sugar, use the natural stuff not this man made crud.

AndyAudi

1,878 posts

131 months

Wednesday 14th May 2008
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weLex said:
shame that it will increase your chance of stomach cancer.

If you want to have sugar, use the natural stuff not this man made crud.
I've read 5 cups or more of green tea reduces the chance of Prostate Cancer by 40-50%

bint

4,660 posts

133 months

Wednesday 14th May 2008
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AndyAudi said:
I've read 5 cups or more of green tea reduces the chance of Prostate Cancer by 40-50%
Much as I love green tea - that sounds like alot - UNLESS we're talking chinese style cups - what I tend to use at home for green tea.

Haven't had sugar in my tea/coffee for years *smug face*, have a maximum of 2 cups black coffee a day and at least 1.5 litres water (do try for 2 but with one loo at work between 40 odd wimmen.......) and a couple of glasses juice too. I think I have a reasonable balance.

Hear what you're saying about the Hi Juice squashes and calories, but frankly they a) taste sooooo much better and b) saccharine just tastes wrong - if something tastes chemical and my body says 'ewww that's not natural' I listen to it and won't drink it. I doubt it's cancer inducing all these chemically made sweeteners, but they aren't right I know that...

james700

1 posts

7 months

Monday 29th February
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so thats approx 30 Kcals cup, average 6 cups a day for say at least 300 days a year = approx 54000 kcals a year, the equivalent to 15.4 lbs of fat!!! Now there's a thought!





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Edited by james700 on Monday 7th March 06:32

andburg

1,989 posts

78 months

Monday 29th February
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From a sports coaching course I did, per gram...approximate calories

Fats 9kcal
carbohydrates(inc sugars) 4kcal
proteins 4kcal

Heaped Teaspoon is 4.5g * 4Kcal = 18Kcal

Basic, but simple enough to use as a guide.

soad

27,003 posts

85 months

Monday 29th February
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Why is white sugar less expensive then brown sugar, when it has to go through so much more processing than brown sugar? scratchchin

calibrax

4,782 posts

120 months

Monday 29th February
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soad said:
Why is white sugar less expensive then brown sugar, when it has to go through so much more processing than brown sugar? scratchchin
https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/12bet2/why_is_unrefined_sugar_more_expensive_than_white/