Can I use Salt on the Dukan Diet?
I decided to write this post because of a recent comment made by a visitor to my site about the use of salt in one of my recipes, she thought that the Dukan Diet didn’t allow the use of salt. I felt that if this reader didn’t know whether it was acceptable or not to use salt I thought that this might be useful information for other visitors to my site.
The simple answer to the question is yes, you can use salt on the Dukan Diet but you need to considered it as you would a tolerated food, as salt certainly isn’t an ingredient that you should use without restriction.
Dr Dukan advocates following a diet low in salt because salt causes your body to retain water and it stimulates your appetite by increasing digestive secretions and gastric acidity, not really ideal properties when you are looking to lose weight! He considers that using salt as a condiment at the table is “always superfluous” but he does allow salt to be used when cooking, as several Official Dukan Diet recipes from the book do add salt and pepper, such as Three Pepper Tuna, Turgloff Beef Kebab and Chicken with Mushrooms.
There is no doubt that salt enhances the flavor of our food but there are many other herbs and spices which you can use as an alternative. To help prove this point and provide you with some ideas I’ve put a selection of salt free seasonings in the carousel below.