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.
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Michigan Sugar Facts
- More than one 1.3 billion pounds of sugar is produced in Michigan each year
- Michigan 900 sugarbeet growers harvest their crop on approximately 160,000 acres of land each year
- Michigan is one of only 11 states where sugarbeets are grown
- The Michigan Sugar Company is the only sugar processor in the state, and the third largest in the country
- 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
- 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.