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Pigeon pea vs Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Pigeon pea and Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)

  • Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) contains less Copper, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Iron, Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B5 than Pigeon pea.
  • Daily need coverage for Copper from Pigeon pea is 88% higher.
  • Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) has 5 times less Potassium than Pigeon pea. Pigeon pea has 1392mg of Potassium, while Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) has 278mg.

Food types used in this article are Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw and Cowpeas, common (blackeyes, crowder, southern), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt.

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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 Iron +108.4%
Contains more Calcium +441.7%
Contains more Potassium +400.7%
Contains more Magnesium +245.3%
Contains more Copper +294.4%
Contains more Zinc +114%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains less Sodium -76.5%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 197% 39% 123% 131% 353% 76% 158% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 95% 8% 25% 38% 90% 36% 67% 1%
Contains more Iron +108.4%
Contains more Calcium +441.7%
Contains more Potassium +400.7%
Contains more Magnesium +245.3%
Contains more Copper +294.4%
Contains more Zinc +114%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains less Sodium -76.5%

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 +86.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +218.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +240%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +208%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +183%
Contains more Folate +119.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
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 2% 1% 6% 0% 51% 13% 10% 25% 24% 0% 5% 156%
Contains more Vitamin A +86.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +218.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +240%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +208%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +183%
Contains more Folate +119.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%

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
24
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Mineral Summary Score
134
Pigeon pea
44
Cowpea (Black-eyed 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
130%
Pigeon pea
46%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Carbohydrates
63%
Pigeon pea
21%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Fats
7%
Pigeon pea
2%
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)

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 Cowpea (Black-eyed 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

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Pigeon pea Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
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 - 3.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 30)
Which food is cheaper?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is cheaper (difference - $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?
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) contains less Sodium (difference - 13mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.192g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pigeon pea Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) Opinion
Calories 343 116 Pigeon pea
Protein 21.7 7.73 Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49 0.53 Pigeon pea
Vitamin C 0 0.4 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Carbs 62.78 20.76 Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 5.23 2.51 Pigeon pea
Calcium 130 24 Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392 278 Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183 53 Pigeon pea
Sugar 3.3 Pigeon pea
Fiber 15 6.5 Pigeon pea
Copper 1.057 0.268 Pigeon pea
Zinc 2.76 1.29 Pigeon pea
Starch
Phosphorus 367 156 Pigeon pea
Sodium 17 4 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Vitamin A 28 15 Pigeon pea
Vitamin E 0.28 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.643 0.202 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187 0.055 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B3 2.965 0.495 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.266 0.411 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.283 0.1 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1.7 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Folate 456 208 Pigeon pea
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.33 0.138 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012 0.044 Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814 0.225 Pigeon pea
Tryptophan 0.212 0.095 Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767 0.294 Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785 0.314 Pigeon pea
Leucine 1.549 0.592 Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521 0.523 Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243 0.11 Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 1.858 0.451 Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937 0.368 Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774 0.24 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. Cowpea (Black-eyed pea) - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173759/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.