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Lentil vs Pigeon pea - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Differences between Lentil and Pigeon pea

  • Pigeon pea is higher than Lentil in Copper, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Potassium, Fiber, Phosphorus, Iron, and Zinc.
  • Pigeon pea's daily need coverage for Copper is 90% higher.

The food types used in this comparison are Lentils, 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 -88.2%
Contains more Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Iron +57.1%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 125% 26% 78% 33% 1% 35% 84%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 39% 197% 131% 158% 123% 3% 76% 353%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Iron +57.1%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%

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
Lentil
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Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +250%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +280.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +156.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +179.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +98.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +59%
Contains more Folate +151.9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 5% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 136% 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 +250%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +280.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +156.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +179.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +98.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +59%
Contains more Folate +151.9%

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.
Lentil 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 Lentil Pigeon pea Opinion
Net carbs 12.23g 47.78g Pigeon pea
Protein 9.02g 21.7g Pigeon pea
Fats 0.38g 1.49g Pigeon pea
Carbs 20.13g 62.78g Pigeon pea
Calories 116kcal 343kcal Pigeon pea
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 1.8g g Pigeon pea
Fiber 7.9g 15g Pigeon pea
Calcium 19mg 130mg Pigeon pea
Iron 3.33mg 5.23mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 36mg 183mg Pigeon pea
Phosphorus 180mg 367mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 369mg 1392mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 2mg 17mg Lentil
Zinc 1.27mg 2.76mg Pigeon pea
Copper 0.251mg 1.057mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 8IU 28IU Pigeon pea
Vitamin E 0.11mg mg Lentil
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 1.5mg 0mg Lentil
Vitamin B1 0.169mg 0.643mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.073mg 0.187mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B3 1.06mg 2.965mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 0.638mg 1.266mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.178mg 0.283mg Pigeon pea
Folate 181µg 456µg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 1.7µg µg Lentil
Tryptophan 0.081mg 0.212mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.323mg 0.767mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.39mg 0.785mg Pigeon pea
Leucine 0.654mg 1.549mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 0.63mg 1.521mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.077mg 0.243mg Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 0.445mg 1.858mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.448mg 0.937mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.254mg 0.774mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.053g 0.33g Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.064g 0.012g Lentil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.175g 0.814g Pigeon pea

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Lentil 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
26
Lentil
62
Pigeon pea
Mineral Summary Score
48
Lentil
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
54%
Lentil
130%
Pigeon pea
Carbohydrates
20%
Lentil
63%
Pigeon pea
Fats
2%
Lentil
7%
Pigeon pea

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.8g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 7)
Which food is cheaper?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
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?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.277g)
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. Lentil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172421/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.