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Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) vs Pigeon pea - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) and Pigeon pea

  • Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) contains less Copper, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Iron, Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B5 than Pigeon pea.
  • Daily need coverage for Copper from Pigeon pea is 88% higher.

Food types used in this article are Cowpeas, common (blackeyes, crowder, southern), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt and Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw.

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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 less Sodium -76.5%
Contains more Calcium +441.7%
Contains more Iron +108.4%
Contains more Magnesium +245.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains more Potassium +400.7%
Contains more Zinc +114%
Contains more Copper +294.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 95% 38% 67% 25% 1% 36% 90%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 39% 197% 131% 158% 123% 3% 76% 353%
Contains less Sodium -76.5%
Contains more Calcium +441.7%
Contains more Iron +108.4%
Contains more Magnesium +245.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains more Potassium +400.7%
Contains more Zinc +114%
Contains more Copper +294.4%

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 C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +86.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +218.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +240%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +208%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +183%
Contains more Folate +119.2%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 6% 0% 2% 51% 13% 10% 25% 24% 156% 0% 5%
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 C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +86.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +218.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +240%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +208%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +183%
Contains more Folate +119.2%

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.
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) Pigeon pea
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) Pigeon pea Opinion
Net carbs 14.26g 47.78g Pigeon pea
Protein 7.73g 21.7g Pigeon pea
Fats 0.53g 1.49g Pigeon pea
Carbs 20.76g 62.78g Pigeon pea
Calories 116kcal 343kcal Pigeon pea
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 3.3g g Pigeon pea
Fiber 6.5g 15g Pigeon pea
Calcium 24mg 130mg Pigeon pea
Iron 2.51mg 5.23mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 53mg 183mg Pigeon pea
Phosphorus 156mg 367mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 278mg 1392mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 4mg 17mg Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Zinc 1.29mg 2.76mg Pigeon pea
Copper 0.268mg 1.057mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 15IU 28IU Pigeon pea
Vitamin E 0.28mg mg Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0.4mg 0mg Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Vitamin B1 0.202mg 0.643mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.055mg 0.187mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B3 0.495mg 2.965mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 0.411mg 1.266mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 0.283mg Pigeon pea
Folate 208µg 456µg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 1.7µg µg Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Tryptophan 0.095mg 0.212mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.294mg 0.767mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.314mg 0.785mg Pigeon pea
Leucine 0.592mg 1.549mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 0.523mg 1.521mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.11mg 0.243mg Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 0.451mg 1.858mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.368mg 0.937mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.24mg 0.774mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.138g 0.33g Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Monounsaturated Fat 0.044g 0.012g Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Polyunsaturated fat 0.225g 0.814g Pigeon pea

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) 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
24
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
62
Pigeon pea
Mineral Summary Score
44
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
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
46%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
130%
Pigeon pea
Carbohydrates
21%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
63%
Pigeon pea
Fats
2%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
7%
Pigeon pea

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 30)
Which food is cheaper?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sodium?
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) contains less Sodium (difference - 13mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.192g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173759/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.