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Unregistered
12-17-2006, 08:55 PM
I am trying to convince my dad that he needs to give up some, not all, of his snack products because they are so high in salt, which he is supposed to be watching. I tried to find a table that will convert milligrams to teaspoons, but didn't have any immediate luck (although I will admit I didn't look that long, either). I might be able to figure this out myself given enough time. However, since the point is to keep my dad from killing himself within the next ___ years a little help would probably be good. Math has never been my thing. I always have to do it the slow, tedious way. It's disgusting. Thanks for your help.

Robert Fogt
12-18-2006, 02:17 AM
Common table salt has a density of about 5 grams per teaspoon

But that does not convert directly to the sodium found in processed food. Common table salt is sodium chloride mixed with iodine and other anti-caking substances. Multiply the grams of salt by 0.40 to get the approximate amount of sodium.

I think you need to just read the nutrition facts found on the label. For a 2000 calorie diet the recommended amount is 2400 mg of sodium a day. But check the labels, and multiply by the number of servings.

1 teaspoon of table salt would be 5000 grams, which is about 2000 mg of sodium.

Robert Fogt
12-18-2006, 02:17 AM
Check out this link here:
http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-1533.html

Unregistered
12-18-2006, 12:50 PM
Thanks. That is a big help. We have had this discussion before, but he really does forget. I really think it helps to be able to visualize it. My mom had to go to a kidney Dr. once and they had a visual of how much salt was in common foods. For me, it was shocking. Thanks again.

Unregistered
01-01-2008, 04:57 PM
Thanks again from me. I have a sick son and we needed to do the same conversion and your post was very helpful.

Will

JohnS
01-02-2008, 05:02 AM
Bob's answer above is certainly in the ballpark. Bulk densities vary with grind so the answer for weight of a teaspoon of salt may vary.

I'd like to outline two ways of finding reliable answers to such questions:

I asked my salt box. The nutrition info panel said a serving was 1/4 teaspoon which weighed 1.5 g and contained 590 mg sodium (1 teaspoon, 2360 mg). Note that the metric serving size and analysis are reliable. The Customary serving size is rounded.

Packages of bulk goods like flour, sugar, etc frequently give a supplemental figure for total number of cups in the package or cups per pound. Since the package is ALSO labelled in metric weight, that may be helpful in converting grams to cups or vice versa. The data will be specific to that producer's grind and is better than general tables.

Good source for US goods. Grinds that are different in other countries may affect densities. Link:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

The search engine is clunky. When you find what you want you can select the size serving for which you want a complete analysis. The database is based on density and analysis per 100 g. Everything else is converted.

Per it, 1 teaspoon of salt is 6 g and 2325 mg sodium.

Given rounding rules, and the fact one figure is brand specific, the other generic, these agree pretty well.

Unregistered
07-11-2009, 05:25 PM
how many teaspoons are in 1,500 milligrams?

Katlyn
10-28-2009, 01:02 PM
In Health class, the teacher some how converted 1.262 mg of salt to 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt. I don't know how she did it, but she gave us a bunch of problems to do like that, that include: .859 to _
.004 to _
.44 to _
.05 to _
.078 to _
.04025 to _
.32 to _
.3 to _
My Health teacher, didn't have the time to explain this converting thing to us, so we are all stuck, and not one of us no what to do. :(
Thanks to whoever can help. This project I'm doing is due Friday, so please help me.

JohnS
10-28-2009, 03:55 PM
In Health class, the teacher some how converted 1.262 mg of salt to 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt. I don't know how she did it, but she gave us a bunch of problems to do like that, that include: .859 to _
.004 to _
.44 to _
.05 to _
.078 to _
.04025 to _
.32 to _
.3 to _
My Health teacher, didn't have the time to explain this converting thing to us, so we are all stuck, and not one of us no what to do. :(
Thanks to whoever can help. This project I'm doing is due Friday, so please help me.

Your teacher did it wrong. See post #6 for the correct density of salt. One teaspoon (5 mL) is about 6 g of salt or 6000 mg.

1.2 mg is about the size of a fly poop. What are the units associated with all those other numbers? What units are the answers supposed to be in.

On your teacher's original problem 1.262 mg x 1 teaspoon/6 g = 0.00021teaspoons. 1.262 g would be 0.21 teaspoons (just under 1/4). She needs to attend remedial metric system.

For any conversion of mass to volume, you have to look up in a reference or measure the density.

rgrguitar
12-25-2009, 07:20 AM
Common table salt has a density of about 5 grams per teaspoon

But that does not convert directly to the sodium found in processed food. Common table salt is sodium chloride mixed with iodine and other anti-caking substances. Multiply the grams of salt by 0.40 to get the approximate amount of sodium.

I think you need to just read the nutrition facts found on the label. For a 2000 calorie diet the recommended amount is 2400 mg of sodium a day. But check the labels, and multiply by the number of servings.

1 teaspoon of table salt would be 5000 grams, which is about 2000 mg of sodium.

5000 grams is 17 ounces. your math is wrong.

JohnS
12-25-2009, 09:04 AM
5000 grams is 17 ounces. your math is wrong.

Pot, kettle. 5000 g is just over 11 pounds, or 176.4 oz.

The 5000 g either should have been 5 g or 5000 mg (same thing).

Robert Fogt
12-26-2009, 03:50 AM
Pot, kettle. 5000 g is just over 11 pounds, or 176.4 oz.

The 5000 g either should have been 5 g or 5000 mg (same thing).

Yeah I certainly didn't mean to say salt weighs 5 kilograms per teaspoon. Funny that I said it right in the first sentence and not on the last.

Unregistered
06-14-2010, 06:38 PM
This person means mg not grams. And also, for individuals over 50, the American Heart and Lung Association recommended daily sodium is 1500 mg, not 2400. So for the woman worried about her father, this is a helpful fact.

Unregistered
12-13-2010, 04:09 PM
How much is 6mg in tsp or ml?

Unregistered
03-27-2011, 04:14 PM
9.375 milligrams to teaspoons

Debbie
04-19-2011, 10:03 AM
Now that I am totally confused about sodium vs. salt and teaspoons vs mg's. Could someone please clarify....I have a can of lite lemon drink. It has 50mg of sodium (not) salt, how do I convert to teaspoon(s) and know that this is a low salt item?

Thanks for the clarification

JohnS
04-19-2011, 01:11 PM
Now that I am totally confused about sodium vs. salt and teaspoons vs mg's. Could someone please clarify....I have a can of lite lemon drink. It has 50mg of sodium (not) salt, how do I convert to teaspoon(s) and know that this is a low salt item?

Thanks for the clarification

See post #6. USDA says 1 teaspoon of salt is 6 g (6000 mg) of salt, including 2325 mg of sodium (the rest is chloride. By comparison, 50 mg is about 0.022 teaspoons (46 cans of pop is a teaspoon of salt).

Unregistered
09-01-2011, 06:25 PM
5000 grams is 17 ounces. your math is wrong.

Pretty sure he meant 5000 mg in the last sentence, not 5000 gm.

JohnS
09-02-2011, 02:22 AM
Pretty sure he meant 5000 mg in the last sentence, not 5000 gm.

5000 mg is 0.176 oz, so his decimal point is lost in any case.

Greta
10-11-2011, 09:18 AM
I am recieving 90 mg. of metadone per day and I would like to know how they measure 90mg. when I pour it into a measuring spoon or 1 table spoon that is all that I am getting and maybe a little less. How do they come up with that as 9omg, just doesn't seem right to me.
Thanks

JohnS
10-11-2011, 11:59 AM
I am recieving 90 mg. of metadone per day and I would like to know how they measure 90mg. when I pour it into a measuring spoon or 1 table spoon that is all that I am getting and maybe a little less. How do they come up with that as 9omg, just doesn't seem right to me.
Thanks

Liquid medicines are not all active ingredient, they are mixed in a buffer solution. 90 mg is 0.09 g of active ingredient. The volume of a tablespoon is 15 mL, which will weigh a little more or less than 15 g depending on how the density of the buffer solution compares to water. Unless you know the strength or concentration of the medicine (in milligrams per milliliter) there is no way to check on the dosage. The total weight means virtually nothing, because it is mostly buffer. The concentration of the active ingedient is what matters.

Unregistered
07-22-2012, 08:28 AM
how many tea spoons is equal to 1500 miligrams

Unregistered
01-17-2013, 05:24 AM
My daughter was prescribed 100 mg of Hydroxyzine for her allergies but we only have a teaspoon measurer to administer it to her,so i was trying to find out how many teaspoons she should take that would add up to 100 milligrams?

JohnS
01-17-2013, 09:33 AM
My daughter was prescribed 100 mg of Hydroxyzine for her allergies but we only have a teaspoon measurer to administer it to her,so i was trying to find out how many teaspoons she should take that would add up to 100 milligrams?

Liquid medicines are mostly buffer, not mostly active ingredient; they can be mixed to different strengths. If you don't find a strength or concentration statement on the bottle specifying the number of milligrams per milliliter (or five milliliters), there is no safe way to calculate. We have no way of knowing what strength it was mixed to.

Unregistered
02-10-2013, 07:09 PM
how many milligram are in 1/4 tsp?

JohnS
02-11-2013, 07:11 AM
how many milligram are in 1/4 tsp?

See post #24. A 1/4 teaspoon is approx 1.25 mL; however, if we don't know the concentration of the medicine there is no way to determine the dose in milligrams. The total weight of the 1/4 teaspoon is probably 1200 - 1300 mg, but it is not all active ingredient. Read the strength on the bottle.