All About Sugar
Sugar – sucrose – is a carbohydrate that is present naturally in fruits and vegetables. All plants use a natural process called photosynthesis to turn sunlight into the nourishment they need for growth.
Of all known plants, sugar is most highly concentrated in sugar beets and sugar cane. Sugar is simply separated from the beet or cane plant, and the result is 99.95% pure sucrose (sugar). The sucrose from sugar beets and sugar cane is not only identical to one another, but each is the same as the sucrose present in fruits and vegetables.
A well-known polling organization recently conducted a survey of attitudes about sugar in cities across America. One of the biggest surprises was the wide range of guesses people made about how many calories are in a teaspoon of sugar. Most respondents thought it was 50 or 60 calories; one respondent said 1000!
Nature’s very own sweetener has only 15 calories in a teaspoon – as well as all that natural taste and goodness, too!
Other Sugar Resources
- All About Sugar
- Sugar and Your Diet
- Types of Sugar
- Why Sugar is in Food
- Educational Materials
- Frequently Asked Questions