Nature’s preferred sweetener, sugar, is abundant in Michigan! Michigan sugar is a “real sweet” deal for our state’s economy, and it’s available to Michiganders and neighboring states all year long.

Michigan sugar facts:

  • More than one billion pounds of sugar is produced in Michigan each year
  • Sugarbeets are grown in 19 counties in and around mid-Michigan and the thumb region of the state
  • Michigan sugarbeet growers harvest their crop on approximately 160,000 acres of land each year
  • Michigan sugarbeet harvest begins in late August or early September
  • The Michigan Sugar Company is the only sugar processor in the state, with nearly 1,000 grower-owners, 940 year-round employees and 1,450 seasonal employees
  • Pioneer® Sugar and Big Chief® Sugar are Michigan Sugar Company’s traditional brands found in many Michigan, Ohio and Indiana grocery stores
  • Processing sugarbeets also results in beet pulp and molasses (the solids left after sugar and molasses are extracted) which are both used in livestock feeds and fermentation industries

Nutrition:

  • Sugar has 4 calories per gram, 15 calories per teaspoon.
  • Sugar is pure sucrose and contains no preservatives or additives of any kind.
  • To consumers, “sugar” means table sugar or sucrose, obtained from sugarbeets or sugarcane. In a food’s ingredient statement, “sugar” always means sucrose.
  • During digestion, sugars such as sucrose (table sugar) and other carbohydrates such as starches break down into simple sugars. These then travel through the blood stream to body cells where they provide energy and are stored for future use.
  • Researchers do not know why diabetes occurs, but they know sugar intake does not cause it. Diabetes is a disorder in the way the body handles sugars.
  • Extra calories may come from any energy-containing nutrient (proteins, fats, carbohydrates and alcohol). As carbohydrates, sugars actually contain fewer calories than fats and alcohol.

To learn more visit Michigan Sugar Company and for recipes and fun facts visit Pioneer Sugar

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