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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
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
Equal in Zinc - 2.76
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 39% 197% 131% 158% 123% 3% 76% 353%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 18% 162% 57% 108% 64% 4% 76% 219%
Contains more Calcium +128.1%
Contains more Iron +21.3%
Contains more Magnesium +131.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +45.6%
Contains more Potassium +93.9%
Contains less Sodium -29.2%
Contains more Copper +61.1%
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 A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%
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 5% 17% 0% 14% 120% 49% 29% 96% 124% 418% 0% 23%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +92.4%
Contains more Vitamin A +139.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +13.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +25.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +22.1%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pigeon pea Chickpea Opinion
Net carbs 47.78g 50.75g Chickpea
Protein 21.7g 20.47g Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49g 6.04g Chickpea
Carbs 62.78g 62.95g Chickpea
Calories 343kcal 378kcal Chickpea
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g 10.7g Pigeon pea
Fiber 15g 12.2g Pigeon pea
Calcium 130mg 57mg Pigeon pea
Iron 5.23mg 4.31mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183mg 79mg Pigeon pea
Phosphorus 367mg 252mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392mg 718mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 17mg 24mg Pigeon pea
Zinc 2.76mg 2.76mg
Copper 1.057mg 0.656mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 28IU 67IU Chickpea
Vitamin E mg 0.82mg Chickpea
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 4mg Chickpea
Vitamin B1 0.643mg 0.477mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187mg 0.212mg Chickpea
Vitamin B3 2.965mg 1.541mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.266mg 1.588mg Chickpea
Vitamin B6 0.283mg 0.535mg Chickpea
Folate 456µg 557µg Chickpea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg 9µg Chickpea
Tryptophan 0.212mg 0.2mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767mg 0.766mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785mg 0.882mg Chickpea
Leucine 1.549mg 1.465mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521mg 1.377mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243mg 0.27mg Chickpea
Phenylalanine 1.858mg 1.103mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937mg 0.865mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774mg 0.566mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.33g 0.603g Pigeon pea
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012g 1.377g Chickpea
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814g 2.731g Chickpea

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Pigeon pea Chickpea
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
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

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)

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.