Love for sweets in humans at the genetic level. Scientists say that primitive people have a sweet taste for edible products. Since then, it all started. Today, only lazy people are not talking about the dangers of sugar, but humanity has not given up on sweetness. It remains only to measure the amount of "white enemy". How many grams of sugar are in a teaspoon?
How to measure the amount of sugar without weights?
In order to understand how many grams of sugar contains 1 teaspoon, you need to find out some nuances, so to speak, to determine the coordinate system. First, it is important to know in which country a teaspoon is produced. And this is not a joke, because the volume of an American teaspoon is 4 ml, and the English one is 3.5 ml. And only teaspoons made in Russia, with their volume reach 5 ml.
Secondly, it is necessary to take into account that sugar can be of different grinding - larger or smaller, respectively, it will be placed in a spoon more or less. And finally, thirdly, it is necessary to take into account how a teaspoon is filled: with a mound, a hill, or a level.
In general, taking into account all these subtleties, knowledgeable people claim that a teaspoon of domestic producers can hold from 5 to 9 grams of granulated sugar. This means that the maximum weight (up to 9 grams) can be obtained if the sugar granules are small or a spoon is collected with a slide.
Nevertheless, it is usually considered that there are 5 grams of sugar in a teaspoon so that it is easier to make calculations. Although, of course, if you put two spoons of sugar with a slide in a cup of tea and assume that they weigh 5 grams, it is rather complacency than simplicity of the bill. After all, we already know how many grams of sugar in a teaspoon with a hill. It is important to note that a teaspoon is more a unit of volume, while a gram is a unit of mass.
How to imagine how much sugar in a product in terms of teaspoons?
Now about the sugar content in foods or drinks. For example, if you buy a bottle of sweet soda that contains 40 grams of sugar, then in order to visualize this amount in teaspoons, you must divide 40 by 5. And then you will understand that this amount of sugar in a drink is equivalent to 8 teaspoons. At the same time, experts recommend that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, that is, about 25-30 grams. And since men are big sweets, experts went to meet them and recommended to eat no more than 40-45 grams per day, which is a whole mountain of sugar - 8-9 teaspoons. And now it is not just about granulated sugar, but also about the sugar contained in the products that you consume during the day.
Official recommendations are primarily presented to limit the consumption of too much sugar due to the increased risk of overweight or obesity. Excessive sugar intake is associated with certain metabolic disorders and other health problems, as well as a lack of essential nutrients. There is strong scientific evidence that the consumption of sugar above these standards significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. It has already been proven that cancer cells feed on sugar.
Here are three simple tips to help you limit your daily sugar intake:
- Forget about snacks. This is a bad habit, especially because we, as a rule, drink tea or coffee during a light snack and bite with cookies or something similar.
- Finish eating simple foods such as natural yogurt or cottage cheese, which can be slightly sweetened with honey or jam. Sweet tooth can interrupt a couple of squares from the whole chocolate. Chocolate should be only black.
- Carefully select products when purchasing. Pay attention to their composition. Keep in mind that the inscription "without sugar" still says nothing, because it may be contained in the components that make up the product. In numbers, it looks like this: 0.5 g or 1/10 teaspoon of sugar per 100 grams of product.
Please note that these measures cannot be 100% accurate. Product weight is estimated and rounded to the nearest integer value. It is recommended to use your own convenient measures available in the kitchen at hand. At the same time make notes in your favorite recipes in accordance with the selected measures. If you often use these recipes, it will be very convenient.