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How Many Grams of Sugar in a Teaspoon?

To find out how many grams of sugar in a teaspoon, just take a look at the table further down showing not only the grams of sugar in one teaspoonbut also the total grams for each additional teaspoon!

For those interested in finding out the sugar conversion grams to teaspoons there is a table showing how many teaspoons 1 gram of sugar equals, and also the number of teaspoons for each additional gram.

Grams of Sugar per Teaspoon

You should know that grams is a metric system for calculating weight, and a teaspoon is a measurement of volume. So the weight of a teaspoon of sugar will differ depending on if you are measuring granulated or powdered sugar. But when we talk about nutrition facts labels and recommended sugar intake, it is the granulated sugar the measurement is based on.

The grams of sugar in a teaspoon is often said to be 4.0 grams. This is a number that is actually being rounded down to make it easier to use for quick calculations. To give you an exact number to the grams of sugar in a teaspoon, we have collected information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who are also the ones setting the dietary guidelines in the United States. The exact number is 4.2 grams per teaspoon of sugar.



Table 1: Grams of Sugar per Teaspoon
Number of Teaspoons
Grams of Sugar
1 4.2
2 8.4
3 12.6
4 16.8
5 21.0
6 25.2
7 29.4
8 33.6
9 37.8
10 42.0
11 46.2
12 50.4
13 54.6
14 58.8
15 63.0
16 67.2
17 71.4
18 75.6
19 79.8
20 84.0

Source: USDA

If you were to use the easier calculation of rounding a teaspoon of sugar to 4 grams, then you would have had other numbers. For example, 20 teaspoons x 4 grams, would have equal to 80 grams instead of the 84 grams shown in the table. It is almost an extra teaspoon in difference from the correct amount. This might not be a big deal, but it adds up if you think about it.


Sugar Conversion – Grams to Teaspoons

Get the answer to the question: “1 gram of sugar equals how many teaspoons?“. It is a little bit different to calculate grams to teaspoons. For this table, it is easier to use the “easy calculation” of 4 grams of sugar per tsp. It means that 1 gram of sugar equals to 0.25 or ¼ of a teaspoon.  Remember that you can keep calculating on your own by multiplying the number of grams by 0.25. For example, for 32 grams of sugar you would take 32 x 0.25, which would equal to 8 teaspoons.



Table 2: Sugar Conversion – Grams to Teaspoons
Number of Grams
Amount of Teaspoons
1 1/4
2 1/2
3 3/4
4 1
5 1 1/4
6 1 1/2
7 1 3/4
8 2
9 2 1/4
10 2 1/2
11 2 3/4
12 3
13 3 1/4
14 3 1/2
15 3 3/4
16 4
17 4 1/4
18 4 1/2
19 4 3/4
20 5
21 5 1/4
22 5 1/2
23 5 3/4
24 6
25 6 1/4
30 7 1/2
35 8 3/4
40 10
45 11 1/4
50 12 1/2


Why should you bother knowing about the sugar grams per teaspoon?

We don’t really reflect too much about the amount of added sugar that we eat. Our daily sugar intake has increased in most parts of the world, with some countries consuming more than double of what is recommended. It is therefore a good idea to at least know about the number of grams in a teaspoon of sugar, because if you use sugar for your coffee, tea, kool-aid, or any other drink, you are now more conscious about your sugar consumption.

If you like to read nutrition fact labels at the grocery store, you probably know that sugar is measured in grams. It is probably hard to visualize how much a gram looks like, but by knowing that 1 gram equals to ¼ of a teaspoon, things might just clear up a bit. That is why knowing how to use the teaspoon measurement can come handy at the grocery store.


Measuring the teaspoon

Common cutlery teaspoons can actually vary in size, which in turn will give you different amounts of sugar when scooped up. Even if you use the correct spoon, how much are you actually scooping up? A heaping teaspoon is not really the correct amount. The best way to exactly keep the measurements is to us a teaspoon measure. If you do not already have one laying around in the kitchen, be sure to get one!


– What is a gram of sugar?

A gram is a measurement for calculating how much something weighs. To visually understand how much it is, you should look at the gram to tsp conversion table. It sates that one gram of sugar is ¼ of a teaspoon.

– How much does a teaspoon of sugar weigh?

An average empty teaspoon should weigh around 25 grams. When you include the sugar, the weight should be around 29 grams in total, spoon and sugar together.

– How much is 44 grams of sugar in teaspoons?

0.25 x 44 = 11 teaspoons