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Pigeon pea vs Chickpea - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Pigeon pea and Chickpea?

  • Pigeon pea is higher in Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, and Iron, yet Chickpea is higher in Manganese, Folate, Vitamin B6, and Selenium.
  • Chickpea's daily need coverage for Manganese is 848% more.
  • Pigeon pea has 2 times more Magnesium than Chickpea. While Pigeon pea has 183mg of Magnesium, Chickpea has only 79mg.

We used Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw and Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal 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
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Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
Equal in Zinc - 2.76
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 197% 39% 123% 131% 353% 76% 158% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 162% 18% 64% 57% 219% 76% 108% 4%
Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
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 B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +92.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%
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 14% 5% 17% 0% 120% 49% 29% 96% 124% 0% 23% 418%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +92.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%

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
74
Chickpea
Mineral Summary Score
134
Pigeon pea
88
Chickpea

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
123%
Chickpea
Carbohydrates
63%
Pigeon pea
63%
Chickpea
Fats
7%
Pigeon pea
28%
Chickpea

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 Chickpea
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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pigeon pea Chickpea Opinion
Calories 343 378 Chickpea
Protein 21.7 20.47 Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49 6.04 Chickpea
Vitamin C 0 4 Chickpea
Carbs 62.78 62.95 Chickpea
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 5.23 4.31 Pigeon pea
Calcium 130 57 Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392 718 Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183 79 Pigeon pea
Sugar 10.7 Pigeon pea
Fiber 15 12.2 Pigeon pea
Copper 1.057 0.656 Pigeon pea
Zinc 2.76 2.76
Starch
Phosphorus 367 252 Pigeon pea
Sodium 17 24 Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 28 67 Chickpea
Vitamin E 0.82 Chickpea
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.643 0.477 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187 0.212 Chickpea
Vitamin B3 2.965 1.541 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.266 1.588 Chickpea
Vitamin B6 0.283 0.535 Chickpea
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 9 Chickpea
Folate 456 557 Chickpea
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.33 0.603 Pigeon pea
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012 1.377 Chickpea
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814 2.731 Chickpea
Tryptophan 0.212 0.2 Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767 0.766 Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785 0.882 Chickpea
Leucine 1.549 1.465 Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521 1.377 Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243 0.27 Chickpea
Phenylalanine 1.858 1.103 Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937 0.865 Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774 0.566 Pigeon pea
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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. Chickpea - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173756/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.