What does a Gram of Sugar or Salt Look Like?

Gram is a unit of mass which is used in many European recipes. How much is a gram? Or how many teaspoons does a gram equal to?

It is difficult to find a precise converter because we have two different measurements, one for mass and other for volume. Gram is a unit of mass, which measures how much a thing weighs. A teaspoon can only measure volume which is defined as the space occupied by a thing. In this article we’ll use vivid pictures to explain and answer the question.

How Much Is a Gram?

One would definitely be sure to check the contents contained in dairy products such as sugar, salt and fat but, the abstract values depicted on their boxes could be difficult for him to comprehend.

In the end, you would need to find out just how a gram of fat, sugar or salt would appear to you if you actually measure it with a spoon or any other measuring bowl placed over a weighing scale.

We are used to measuring things by volume in the US, and adding butter, sugar, and salt in our recipes by the cups and tablespoons. To make it easier for you to see how much does a gram show in a spoon, check the following table.



1 Gram of Sugar


To measure how much of a teaspoon a gram of sugar occupies, use a teaspoon of granulated white sugar. You would see one gram of sugar to occupy ¼ tsp by volume.

1 Gram of Salt


A gram of salt occupied about 1/6 tsp, makes it the most heavy of all the ingredients. Salt is composed of sodium chloride, sodium accounting for 40% of its total weight. So ½ tsp of salt contains 1 gram of sodium.

Besides, 100 grams of butter takes about 21 teaspoons, so 1 gram of butter equals to 1/5 teaspoon.

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