Can I Eat Custard or Use Custard Powder on the Dukan Diet?

This is a question that several visitors to the site have googled so I thought that I would post an answer to it. As with so many questions there is no simple answer to this question and this is because just as not all calories are equal, the same thing applies to custard and custard powders. You really need to check out the ingredients of each product to work this answer out for yourself.


The best type of custard to eat on the Dukan Diet would be one that you made yourself like my Low Carb Chocoholics Custard. This uses just eggs and milk with sweetener so is perfect for the Dukan Diet and it allows you to have your reduced fat, no sugar added, cocoa powder to flavor your custard as you don’t need to use cornflour (corn starch) as one of your tolerated items. You could of course just flavor your custard with vanilla essence or coffee and save your tolerated items for a different treat.

If you are wanting to know if you can eat ready made custard, the answer from the research that I’ve done, would have to be no as they contain too much sugar and fat, even the low fat versions.

Custard powders is where the answer gets a little trickier and as a general rule you can’t have instant custard powder but you can make custard using skim or zero fat milk and sweeteners if you use traditional custard powders as they are typically made from cornflour (corn starch), salt, vanilla flavoring and coloring. The cornflour means that this would have to be a tolerated item.

14 Responses to “Can I Eat Custard or Use Custard Powder on the Dukan Diet?”

  • Grazia on January 16, 2017

    Hello Amber can I eat be good to yourself custard? It s less then 3 fat and sweetener . I found in Salisbury 😍

    • Amber on January 16, 2017

      Hi Grazia

      This product contains double cream and tapioca starch so isn’t allowed. You can have custard that you make yourself with milk, sweetener and custard powder.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Mary S on April 20, 2014

    The ingredients in the custard powder as you described them sound very similar to those of the sugar-free Jello cook-and-serve pudding mix readily available in the US (comes in both vanilla and chocolate). I believe that b/c they are cornstarch based that maybe 1 tbs/day could count as a tolerated item like the cornstarch does.
    Any input appreciated.

    • Amber on April 21, 2014

      Hi Mary

      I think the pudding mix contains some type of sugar but I agree that someone might want to try it as an unapproved tolerated item and see how they get on.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Mary S on May 1, 2014

        This particular product is no-sugar-added.

        • Amber on May 1, 2014

          Hi Mary

          The chocolate is the better option but it is using 2 tolerated items the cocoa powder and the cornstarch. The vanilla has maltodextrin which is a sugar by a different name.

          A:)x

    • Michelle on April 30, 2014

      Mary,
      I have had the same question. I looked and looked for custard powder and finally found a supplier. However, when I compared it to the sugar-free Jello it seemed to me that the Jello was a much better option. Less calories and less carbohydrates; the label states corn starch instead of corn flour but I have been told that they are the same thing. And Jello pudding comes in many more flavors.

      • Amber on April 30, 2014

        Hi Michelle

        Pure Custard powder contains Cornflour (which is the same as corn starch), Salt, Colour (Annatto), Flavouring and has 142 calories, negligible fat and 84.2 g of carbs per 100 g so I don’t think you have found the right product as although the custard powder has higher carbs than Jello pudding it has less than half the calories. Custard powder fits the rules because it is flavored cornflour/corn starch which is a tolerated item.

        Jello sugar/fat free Lemon Pudding contains MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, MALTODEXTRIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE AND DISODIUM PHOSPHATE (FOR THICKENING), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, CALCIUM SULFATE, XANTHAN GUM, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES (PREVENT FOAMING), ASPARTAME AND ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (SWEETENERS), TETRAPOTASSIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, AR5TIFICIAL COLOR, BHA (PRESERVATIVE. PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. *AMOUNT IN DRY MIX. Per 100 g it has 312.5 calories, negligible fat and 75 g of carbs. The second largest ingredient is maltodextrin which is a sugar and as no added sugars are allowed this is why it doesn’t fit the rules.

        Kind regards

        Amber:)

      • Mary S on May 1, 2014

        The no-sugar-added cook-and-serve (you have to have sharp eyes to find it but I can get it at most of the places I shop for groceries) so far only comes in vanilla and chocolate–the other flavors have sugar. Amber has posted before that the instant is not allowed, even the no-sugar-added varieties. Do I have this right?

        • Mary S on May 1, 2014

          Looked up the Jello products on their website, you are absolutely right about the maltodextrin in the pudding mix so I won’t be using that. There is maltodextrin in the Jello gelatin mixes, too, but much farther down on the ingredients list–explains the limit.
          If I want pudding I’ll just make it from scratch.
          Thanks again.

  • Amira on March 14, 2014

    Hi please can you explain me how does tolerated items work I really don’t understand thanks

  • linda on October 24, 2013

    Can you have birds custard powder on attack phrase? Thanks for your help..great site for Dukan.

    • Amber on October 24, 2013

      Hi Linda

      Bird’s custard contains Cornflour, Salt, Colour (Annatto), Flavouring so it isn’t allowed until you reach Cruise. This is because the cornflour it contains is a tolerated food.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

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