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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 Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Iron +57.1%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
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% 125% 26% 78% 33% 1% 35% 84%
Contains more Calcium +584.2%
Contains more Iron +57.1%
Contains more Magnesium +408.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +103.9%
Contains more Potassium +277.2%
Contains more Zinc +117.3%
Contains more Copper +321.1%
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 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 1% 3% 0% 5% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 136% 0% 5%
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 +∞%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pigeon pea Lentil Opinion
Net carbs 47.78g 12.23g Pigeon pea
Protein 21.7g 9.02g Pigeon pea
Fats 1.49g 0.38g Pigeon pea
Carbs 62.78g 20.13g Pigeon pea
Calories 343kcal 116kcal Pigeon pea
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g 1.8g Pigeon pea
Fiber 15g 7.9g Pigeon pea
Calcium 130mg 19mg Pigeon pea
Iron 5.23mg 3.33mg Pigeon pea
Magnesium 183mg 36mg Pigeon pea
Phosphorus 367mg 180mg Pigeon pea
Potassium 1392mg 369mg Pigeon pea
Sodium 17mg 2mg Lentil
Zinc 2.76mg 1.27mg Pigeon pea
Copper 1.057mg 0.251mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin A 28IU 8IU Pigeon pea
Vitamin E mg 0.11mg Lentil
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 1.5mg Lentil
Vitamin B1 0.643mg 0.169mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B2 0.187mg 0.073mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B3 2.965mg 1.06mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B5 1.266mg 0.638mg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B6 0.283mg 0.178mg Pigeon pea
Folate 456µg 181µg Pigeon pea
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg 1.7µg Lentil
Tryptophan 0.212mg 0.081mg Pigeon pea
Threonine 0.767mg 0.323mg Pigeon pea
Isoleucine 0.785mg 0.39mg Pigeon pea
Leucine 1.549mg 0.654mg Pigeon pea
Lysine 1.521mg 0.63mg Pigeon pea
Methionine 0.243mg 0.077mg Pigeon pea
Phenylalanine 1.858mg 0.445mg Pigeon pea
Valine 0.937mg 0.448mg Pigeon pea
Histidine 0.774mg 0.254mg Pigeon pea
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.33g 0.053g Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.012g 0.064g Lentil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.814g 0.175g Pigeon pea

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Pigeon pea Lentil
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
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

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)

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.