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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
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Iron +137.7%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Equal in Phosphorus - 347
Equal in Copper - 1.1
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 39% 197% 131% 158% 123% 3% 76% 353%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 83% 166% 149% 41% 1% 66% 367%
Contains more Calcium +622.2%
Contains more Iron +137.7%
Contains more Potassium +202.6%
Contains more Zinc +15%
Contains more Magnesium +26.2%
Contains less Sodium -94.1%
Equal in Phosphorus - 347
Equal in Copper - 1.1

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
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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 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%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 26% 99% 132% 74% 49% 23% 0% 0%
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

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 Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pigeon pea Buckwheat Opinion
Net carbs 47.78g 61.5g Buckwheat
Protein 21.7g 13.25g Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49g 3.4g Buckwheat
Carbs 62.78g 71.5g Buckwheat
Calories 343kcal 343kcal
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 15g 10g Pigeon pea
Calcium 130mg 18mg Pigeon pea
Iron 5.23mg 2.2mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183mg 231mg Buckwheat
Phosphorus 367mg 347mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392mg 460mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 17mg 1mg Buckwheat
Zinc 2.76mg 2.4mg Pigeon pea
Copper 1.057mg 1.1mg Buckwheat
Vitamin A 28IU 0IU Pigeon pea
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.643mg 0.101mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187mg 0.425mg Buckwheat
Vitamin B3 2.965mg 7.02mg Buckwheat
Vitamin B5 1.266mg 1.233mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.283mg 0.21mg Pigeon pea
Folate 456µg 30µg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan 0.212mg 0.192mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767mg 0.506mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785mg 0.498mg Pigeon pea
Leucine 1.549mg 0.832mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521mg 0.672mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243mg 0.172mg Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 1.858mg 0.52mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937mg 0.678mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774mg 0.309mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g g Buckwheat
Saturated Fat 0.33g 0.741g Pigeon pea
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012g 1.04g Buckwheat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814g 1.039g Buckwheat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Pigeon pea Buckwheat
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet Equal
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
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

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 Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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.

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.