If you want to know what 500 grams would feel like in your hands, consider these items that all weigh in the region of 500 grams.
500ml of water
If you buy a small bottle of water from a gas station or grocery store, then it will probably be a 500ml size, as this is the most common size of small water bottle sold individually.
The multipacks of small water bottles tend to be a little smaller at 330ml. A 500ml quantity of water will weigh exactly 500 grams; however, you won’t want to use a small bottle of water as a comparison for weighing 500 grams because this weight doesn’t take into account the plastic bottle itself.
Small bottle of beer
A small bottle of beer will usually contain 330ml of the beverage, which will weigh 330 grams. However, the glass bottle itself has quite a considerable weight to it of around 180 grams.
If you add these two weights together, you get 510, which means that a small bottle of beer weighs just a little over 500 grams if you include both the actual bottle and the beer inside.
As a natural product, bananas can vary in size and weight depending on their variety and the conditions they have been grown in. If you pick a bunch of 4 bananas that are of an average size in your grocery store, then you can expect these to weigh somewhere in the region of 500 grams.
An average medium-sized individual banana will weigh 118 grams, while an average large-sized individual banana will weigh 136 grams.
If you had 4 perfectly average medium bananas, you would get a total weight measurement of 472 grams, or 4 perfectly average large bananas would give you a total weight of 544 grams.
Your target of 500 grams is somewhere in the middle of these numbers, so you could use two medium bananas and two large bananas that would give you a total weight of 508 grams, or look for bananas that are a little bigger than medium but a little smaller than large.
This, of course, isn’t an exact science, and if you’re just looking for a rough measurement of 500 grams, then any four decent-sized bananas will work just fine. If your bananas are on the small side, then use 5 bananas, or for giant bananas, use 3 instead.
Chicken eggs come in various sizes, so if you keep chickens at home and have an array of eggs with different weights, then they won’t be of much use to you for comparing or measuring weights.
However, at the grocery, eggs are sold according to size, so if you buy a box of medium-sized eggs, you are likely to be able to make a total of 500 grams in weight quite easily.
Medium-sized eggs weigh 56 grams, so to reach a target of 500 grams, you will need to gather 9 eggs, which will give you a collective weight of approximately 504 grams.
Money that is minted has an exact and precise weight, so coins are a really good way of measuring weight because you can be confident that you have a more accurate result compared with using household items.
The other reason why coins are a good item to use for this purpose is that they are an object that most people have easy access to. For the purpose of measuring out 500 grams, nickels are the best choice. This is because a nickel weighs exactly 5 grams, so to reach 500 grams, you will just need to count out 100 nickels.
If you are concerned about accuracy, then newer nickels will be best. Old nickels that are showing signs of wear could have lost a little of their weight over the years where they have gradually been rubbed down; however, this will be minimal, and you can still expect that even 100 older nickels will still weigh somewhere very close to 500 grams.
The accuracy of these coins means that using nickels is a great way to calibrate scales if you need an object that weighs 500 grams or any amount of grams that is divisible by 5. For example, if you needed to weigh out 100 grams, you would need 20 nickels.
A fully grown American bulldog typically weighs around 500 grams on average, or though larger examples can weigh as much as 650 grams.
This is the biggest type of frog, with a full-sized American bullfrog measuring between 4 and 6 inches in length. Incredibly, even the tadpoles of this species can measure as long as 6.5 inches long. These frogs are expected to live between 7 and 9 years.
Loaf of bread
A standard-sized sliced loaf of bread that you would buy from a grocery store or convenience store will weigh approximately 500 grams.
The type of bread will affect this measurement, as denser breads with fewer air pockets will weigh a little more. Bread that has additional ingredients included, such as olive bread or fruit bread, will also weigh slightly more.
Basketballs come in standard sizes to ensure equality across the games played, although different categories of teams will have a different standard size. Basketballs are-sized by number, with number 5 being the size used for youth teams in the USA.
The size 5 basketball weighs between 465 grams and 495 grams, making it a little under the target weight of 500 grams. Size 6 is the next size up, and this is used for women’s basketball. The size 6 ball will have a weight of between 510 grams and 550 grams, which is a little over 500 grams, but it will give you a good idea of what 500 grams will roughly feel like when you handle it.
Men’s basketball teams use the size 7 ball, which is the heaviest of all basketballs at a weight of between 580 grams and 620 grams.