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Chickpea vs Pigeon pea - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Chickpea and Pigeon pea?

  • Chickpea is higher in Manganese, Folate, and Vitamin B6, yet Pigeon pea is higher in Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B1, and Iron.
  • Chickpea's daily need coverage for Manganese is 848% more.
  • Chickpea has 2 times more Vitamin B6 than Pigeon pea. While Chickpea has 0.535mg of Vitamin B6, Pigeon pea has only 0.283mg.

We used Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, raw and Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw types 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
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
Equal in Zinc - 2.76
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 18% 162% 57% 108% 64% 4% 76% 219%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 39% 197% 131% 158% 123% 3% 76% 353%
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
Equal in Zinc - 2.76

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 A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +92.4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 5% 17% 0% 14% 120% 49% 29% 96% 124% 418% 0% 23%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 0% 161% 44% 56% 76% 66% 342% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +92.4%

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.
Chickpea Pigeon pea
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chickpea Pigeon pea Opinion
Net carbs 50.75g 47.78g Chickpea
Protein 20.47g 21.7g Pigeon pea
Fats 6.04g 1.49g Chickpea
Carbs 62.95g 62.78g Chickpea
Calories 378kcal 343kcal Chickpea
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 10.7g g Pigeon pea
Fiber 12.2g 15g Pigeon pea
Calcium 57mg 130mg Pigeon pea
Iron 4.31mg 5.23mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 79mg 183mg Pigeon pea
Phosphorus 252mg 367mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 718mg 1392mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 24mg 17mg Pigeon pea
Zinc 2.76mg 2.76mg
Copper 0.656mg 1.057mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 67IU 28IU Chickpea
Vitamin E 0.82mg mg Chickpea
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 4mg 0mg Chickpea
Vitamin B1 0.477mg 0.643mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.212mg 0.187mg Chickpea
Vitamin B3 1.541mg 2.965mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.588mg 1.266mg Chickpea
Vitamin B6 0.535mg 0.283mg Chickpea
Folate 557µg 456µg Chickpea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 9µg µg Chickpea
Tryptophan 0.2mg 0.212mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.766mg 0.767mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.882mg 0.785mg Chickpea
Leucine 1.465mg 1.549mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.377mg 1.521mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.27mg 0.243mg Chickpea
Phenylalanine 1.103mg 1.858mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.865mg 0.937mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.566mg 0.774mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.603g 0.33g Pigeon pea
Monounsaturated Fat 1.377g 0.012g Chickpea
Polyunsaturated fat 2.731g 0.814g Chickpea

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chickpea Pigeon pea
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
74
Chickpea
62
Pigeon pea
Mineral Summary Score
88
Chickpea
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
123%
Chickpea
130%
Pigeon pea
Carbohydrates
63%
Chickpea
63%
Pigeon pea
Fats
28%
Chickpea
7%
Pigeon pea

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in Sugar (difference - 10.7g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea contains less Sodium (difference - 7mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.273g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 14)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chickpea
Chickpea is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($1)

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. Chickpea - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173756/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.