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Buckwheat vs Pigeon pea - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Buckwheat and Pigeon pea different?

  • Buckwheat is higher in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Magnesium, however Pigeon pea is richer in Folate, Vitamin B1, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, and Calcium.
  • Daily need coverage for Folate from Pigeon pea is 107% higher.
  • Buckwheat contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Pigeon pea. While Buckwheat contains 7.02mg of Vitamin B3, Pigeon pea contains only 2.965mg.

Buckwheat and Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw are the varieties used in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Contains more Iron +137.7%
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Equal in Copper - 1.057
Equal in Phosphorus - 367
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 83% 6% 41% 166% 367% 66% 149% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 197% 39% 123% 131% 353% 76% 158% 3%
Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Contains more Iron +137.7%
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Equal in Copper - 1.057
Equal in Phosphorus - 367

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +536.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.8%
Contains more Folate +1420%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.266
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 26% 99% 132% 74% 49% 0% 0% 23%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 2% 0% 0% 161% 44% 56% 76% 66% 0% 0% 342%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +536.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.8%
Contains more Folate +1420%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.266

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
33
Buckwheat
62
Pigeon pea
Mineral Summary Score
109
Buckwheat
134
Pigeon pea

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
80%
Buckwheat
130%
Pigeon pea
Carbohydrates
72%
Buckwheat
63%
Pigeon pea
Fats
16%
Buckwheat
7%
Pigeon pea

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Buckwheat Pigeon pea
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sugar Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Buckwheat Pigeon pea
Low Calories diet Equal
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.411g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 32)
Which food is cheaper?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is cheaper (difference - $1.6)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat contains less Sodium (difference - 16mg)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Buckwheat Pigeon pea Opinion
Calories 343 343
Protein 13.25 21.7 Pigeon pea
Fats 3.4 1.49 Buckwheat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 71.5 62.78 Buckwheat
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 2.2 5.23 Pigeon pea
Calcium 18 130 Pigeon pea
Potassium 460 1392 Pigeon pea
Magnesium 231 183 Buckwheat
Sugar
Fiber 10 15 Pigeon pea
Copper 1.1 1.057 Buckwheat
Zinc 2.4 2.76 Pigeon pea
Starch
Phosphorus 347 367 Pigeon pea
Sodium 1 17 Buckwheat
Vitamin A 0 28 Pigeon pea
Vitamin E
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.101 0.643 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.425 0.187 Buckwheat
Vitamin B3 7.02 2.965 Buckwheat
Vitamin B5 1.233 1.266 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.21 0.283 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K
Folate 30 456 Pigeon pea
Trans Fat 0 Buckwheat
Saturated Fat 0.741 0.33 Pigeon pea
Monounsaturated Fat 1.04 0.012 Buckwheat
Polyunsaturated fat 1.039 0.814 Buckwheat
Tryptophan 0.192 0.212 Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.506 0.767 Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.498 0.785 Pigeon pea
Leucine 0.832 1.549 Pigeon pea
Lysine 0.672 1.521 Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.172 0.243 Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 0.52 1.858 Pigeon pea
Valine 0.678 0.937 Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.309 0.774 Pigeon pea
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References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Buckwheat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170286/nutrients
  2. Pigeon pea - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172436/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.