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Pigeon pea vs Lentil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Differences between Pigeon pea and Lentil

  • Pigeon pea is higher than Lentil in Copper, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Potassium, Fiber, Phosphorus, Iron, and Zinc.
  • Pigeon pea's daily need coverage for Copper is 90% higher.
  • Pigeon pea has 5 times more Magnesium than Lentil. While Pigeon pea has 183mg of Magnesium, Lentil has only 36mg.

The food types used in this comparison are Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw and Lentils, 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 +57.1%
Contains more Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 197% 39% 123% 131% 353% 76% 158% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 125% 6% 33% 26% 84% 35% 78% 1%
Contains more Iron +57.1%
Contains more Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%

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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Lentil
Contains more Vitamin A +250%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +280.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +156.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +179.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +98.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +59%
Contains more Folate +151.9%
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 5% 1% 3% 0% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 0% 5% 136%
Contains more Vitamin A +250%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +280.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +156.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +179.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +98.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +59%
Contains more Folate +151.9%
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
26
Lentil
Mineral Summary Score
134
Pigeon pea
48
Lentil

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
54%
Lentil
Carbohydrates
63%
Pigeon pea
20%
Lentil
Fats
7%
Pigeon pea
2%
Lentil

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 Lentil
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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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 - 1.8g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is lower in glycemic index (difference - 7)
Which food is cheaper?
Pigeon pea
Pigeon pea is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
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?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.277g)
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 Lentil Opinion
Calories 343 116 Pigeon pea
Protein 21.7 9.02 Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49 0.38 Pigeon pea
Vitamin C 0 1.5 Lentil
Carbs 62.78 20.13 Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 5.23 3.33 Pigeon pea
Calcium 130 19 Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392 369 Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183 36 Pigeon pea
Sugar 1.8 Pigeon pea
Fiber 15 7.9 Pigeon pea
Copper 1.057 0.251 Pigeon pea
Zinc 2.76 1.27 Pigeon pea
Starch
Phosphorus 367 180 Pigeon pea
Sodium 17 2 Lentil
Vitamin A 28 8 Pigeon pea
Vitamin E 0.11 Lentil
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.643 0.169 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187 0.073 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B3 2.965 1.06 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.266 0.638 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.283 0.178 Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1.7 Lentil
Folate 456 181 Pigeon pea
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.33 0.053 Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012 0.064 Lentil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814 0.175 Pigeon pea
Tryptophan 0.212 0.081 Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767 0.323 Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785 0.39 Pigeon pea
Leucine 1.549 0.654 Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521 0.63 Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243 0.077 Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 1.858 0.445 Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937 0.448 Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774 0.254 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. Lentil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172421/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.