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Pigeon pea vs Buckwheat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Pigeon pea and Buckwheat different?

  • Pigeon pea is higher in Folate, Vitamin B1, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, and Calcium, however Buckwheat is richer in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Magnesium.
  • Daily need coverage for Folate from Pigeon pea is 107% higher.
  • Pigeon pea contains 7 times more Calcium than Buckwheat. While Pigeon pea contains 130mg of Calcium, Buckwheat contains only 18mg.

Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw and Buckwheat 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 Iron +137.7%
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Equal in Copper - 1.1
Equal in Phosphorus - 347
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 197% 39% 123% 131% 353% 76% 158% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 83% 6% 41% 166% 367% 66% 149% 1%
Contains more Iron +137.7%
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Equal in Copper - 1.1
Equal in Phosphorus - 347

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 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +536.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.8%
Contains more Folate +1420%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.8%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.233
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%
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%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +536.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.8%
Contains more Folate +1420%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.8%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.233

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
62
Pigeon pea
33
Buckwheat
Mineral Summary Score
134
Pigeon pea
109
Buckwheat

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
130%
Pigeon pea
80%
Buckwheat
Carbohydrates
63%
Pigeon pea
72%
Buckwheat
Fats
7%
Pigeon pea
16%
Buckwheat

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.
Pigeon pea Buckwheat
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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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