Can I Drink Almond Milk on the Dukan Diet?

This is a question which I’ve been asked several times and I’m sure it is because other low carb diets do allow followers to drink unsweetened almond milk. The Dukan Diet does not allow the use of almond milk as a replacement for dairy milk but it does allow followers to use soya milk if you are lactose intolerant.

You are however allowed 3 ounces of unsweetened almond milk as one of your two daily tolerated item.

Whilst there is no actual limit on the amount of milk you can have it is not something you should have in unlimited amounts as it can stall your weight loss.

Whilst almond milk is lower in calories, the nutritional content of skim milk and almond milk is quite different in the key areas that Dr Dukan has selected to build his diet. The nutritional values for one cup of each compare as follows:

Protein – Skim milk 8 grams – Almond milk 1 gram

Fat – Skim milk 0 grams – Almond milk 2.5 grams

Carbs – Skim milk 12 grams – Almond milk 8 grams

Sodium – Skim milk 127 mg – Almond milk 150mg

As you can see apart from the carb levels where skim milk is higher it has the benefits of providing lower salt and fat levels and higher protein levels.

30 Responses to “Can I Drink Almond Milk on the Dukan Diet?”

  • Samantha on January 4, 2018

    Hi do i have to use the oat bran from the dukan diet website? The reason i ask is the postage cost is way too high and cost more than the product it’s self.

    • Amber on January 4, 2018

      Hi Samantha

      Dr Dukan would of course prefer this but no you don’t.

      Best wishes


      • Samantha on January 5, 2018

        Thank you.xx

  • terri on March 30, 2017

    hello again Amber- Can I add small amount of almond milk- low calorie to my coffee? Also what about sushi (without rice)? Last- are fresh cooked beets allowed during P/V day

    • Amber on April 8, 2017

      Hi terri

      Almond milk isn’t on the list of allowed foods but the sushi without rice will be fine. Seaweed is a vegetable so should only be eaten on PV days. Beets are also OK on PV days.

      Kind regards


  • Lore on March 28, 2017

    Hi I am drinking soy milk because I don’t like cow’s milk but I am buying the reduce fat soy but contains sugar in the ingredients is that normal?

    • Amber on March 28, 2017

      Hi Lore

      Yes this is fine. Cow’s milk also contains sugar.

      Best wishes


  • Vee on March 16, 2017

    Hello Amber,

    I’ve been using Alpro unseeetened almond milk for quite sometime now (as recommended for my insulin resistance by a nutritionist). I am a bit uncertain why this particular product would not be allowed on Dukan attack phase, taking into account its nutritional data compared to skimmed milk. Just to clarify.
    Alpro unsweetened almond:
    Kcal 13
    Protein 0.4g
    Fat 1.1g
    Carbs nil
    Sugars nil
    Average skimmed milk:
    Kcal 35
    Protein 3.4g
    Fat 0.1g
    Cabs 5g
    Sugars 5g
    Based on the data provided, it would seem reasonable, especially for a person with insulin response/blood sugar issues, to choose Alpro over any cow’s milk with its tricky lactose content and therefore insulin response. I do understand the difference in fat content (however that’s just skimmed milk v Alpro unsweetened almond, and the difference is fairly tiny, also Dr Dukan does allow semi skimmed milk too, and the fat content is much higher in that).
    I know, there are many almond milk brands, and the content and nutrition data varies hugely, however I would like to clarify my thoughts on the particular Alpro product.
    I’d much appreciate your answer.

    Best regards

    • Amber on March 16, 2017

      Hi Vee

      I have no connections to Dr Dukan or his company so I can’t explain why Dr Dukan decided not include Almond Milk in the Dukan. However Almond milk is much lower in protein than cows’ milk so I in my view Almond milk would not be a suitable alternative for dairy protein. In your case you medical condition should take priority and you should eat/drink based on any medical/nutritionist recommendations.

      Kind regards


  • Karen on January 27, 2016

    What is the difference between oatbran and oats

    • Amber on February 6, 2016

      Hi Karen

      Rather than me answer the question take a look at this link with information from Dr Dukan himslef.

      Kind regards


  • Lynda on September 20, 2015

    Is the Dukan diet appropriate for a gastric bypass patient, ten years after procedure? Tks!

    • Amber on September 25, 2015

      Hi Lynda

      You need to seek medical advice on this.

      Kind regards


  • jackie on July 14, 2015

    I cannot have either dairy or soy. Can I use hemp milk? (First question)

    And is there anything I can do with the oat bran and the hemp milk other than just pour milk in with the oat bran? The regular pancake with yogurt at least thickens it up and gets creative, but I can’t think of much to do with the oat bran and milk? (Second question)


    • Amber on July 26, 2015

      Hi Jackie

      There are no other approved milks so you will be stepping outside of the rules but you don’t really have any other option.

      I almost always have my oat bran as a porridge and I can’t think of anything else that you can make with oat bran and milk.

      You could perhaps use the oat bran as a coating on another food.

      Kind regards


    • Paulina on January 7, 2018

      My family has the same problem with allergies, and depending on your reasons for why dairy doesn’t work (lactose, casein, A2/A1 beta casein… etc etc), you might be able to use either goat’s milk (commercially available in most supermarkets in North America and at least my old corner of Europe on last visit), or sheep’s milk, if you can get your hands on it. I have been experimenting with making my own yogurt (so easy everyone should try it!) and cheese (fromage frais, ricotta, paneer, and other soft cheeses are easy) when I can get a hold of “A2” milk I can use.

      I know the question was asked a long time ago, but here’s my personal take: Medical conditions/restrictions/allergies trump the diet, and I talk to my medical provider about changes that can have a larger impact on myself or the family. I’m breastfeeding my third child, who is the second child who is allergic to dairy (cow and goat, tried both) and soy, to which they react not only through direct exposure, but even via breastmilk (!) Most people don’t know that’s possible, but our amazing pediatrician tells me it’s the most common under-diagnosed reason for colic she sees.

      Since I am breastfeeding, and have to modify the diet with extra allowed carbs and drink even more water to be able to produce nutritious milk for my baby, I have made the personal choice to allow myself a (small) hemp milk latte as an allowed item treat when I’m out running my big errand run. At home, I use a little bit of coconut based milk substitute to get my caffeine in, but have shifted towards drinking more tea, without any sweeteners or creamers, especially on days I feel bloated. For savoury cooking, I use low sodium fat free chicken broth or vegetable broth for that richness in flavour (for a zero calorie “broth”, try boiling and straining a fistful of fresh lovage, it has a very brothy flavour to it), and for baking, it can be as simple as water, or an extra egg white depending on what I’m attempting to accomplish.

      My sons don’t respond to sheep’s milk with allergic reactions, so I buy sheep’s milk cheese such as Manchego as my allowed hard cheese, and because I’m a smallholder (Americans would call me a hobby farmer), I’m looking into getting sheep for meat and milking for our own use for fresh milk, yogurt, and soft cheeses. After all, three out of 5 family members are allergic to some form of dairy and/or soy.

      Since I enjoy Asian cooking but can’t use soy sauce, I’ve got a tip… for a soy sauce substitute, I use a product called “Coconut Aminos”, which tastes very much like soy sauce, but has less sodium, and no soy in it.

  • Lia on September 14, 2014

    I am allergic to soy and casein. Are there any exceptions to the ban on nuts and seeds in my case? I do not buy commercial nut milks because they contain carrageenan or gellan gum, both of which are harmful to the intestines.

    I generally just use homemade cashew or coconut milk in tea or coffee, and rarely a slice of daiya brand tapioca based vegan cheese as a condiment. Can adjustments be made to work these items in, e.g., cutting back on oil or eating more fish?

    • Amber on September 14, 2014

      Hi Lia

      As you need to change some of the foods you’ll have to make adjustments as you go if you aren’t losing weight as you would like. Eating less oil and having more fish is a good idea that should help.

      Kind regards


    • Sam on May 2, 2015

      Can Rice milk be used as an alternative or is it just Soy

      • Amber on May 3, 2015

        Hi Sam

        Soy is the only Dukan approved alternative for cow’s milk.

        Best wishes


  • Essie on February 27, 2014

    I thought that all types of milk no more than %3 is allowed,so i was drinking a lot of milk but only almond,soy and rice milk (They all are no more than %3 fat).

    I see that i made a mistake.
    I should start over again.

    What about oatmeal bio cookies with no sugar,gluten nor wheat?

    I am still in attack phrase (actually back there again at this point).

    Thank u,

    • Amber on February 27, 2014

      Hi Essie

      The fat limit is 2% not 3% and the only two types of milk allowed are cow’s milk or soy milk. If you have soy milk you need to try to have less. The Dukan coaches recommend a daily limit of 1 kg for dairy (cow) foods and 700 g for soy dairy.

      Oatmeal and oat bran are not the same thing so oatmeal cookies would not be suitable.

      You don’t start over when you make a mistake you just keep going. The Attack phase is not something that you should keep repeating as it is too restrictive.

      Kind regards


  • Pat Goffe on June 7, 2013

    Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

    • Amber on June 10, 2013

      Hi Pat

      Almond milk isn’t allowed on the Dukan Diet home made or store bought.

      Best wishes


  • jugno on April 25, 2013

    I live in Pakistan. I am on Dukan diet cruise phase. I use natural milk, I just boil it, refrigerate and take off the thick casein layer above the milk and drink . Is that fine? Can I use homemade Almond milk?

    • Amber on April 25, 2013

      Hi jugno

      If you are skimming off the fat this will be fine. Almond milk isn’t allowed whether it is homemade or bought.

      Best wishes


  • Yasmin on March 7, 2012

    I have a casein allergy, and I would really appreciate any advise on what to replace the recommended dairy products with.

    • Amber on March 7, 2012

      Hi Yasmin

      If you can eat soya products you can have 700g of soya milk and yogurt each day, if not unfortunately Dr Dukan doesn’t provide details of any of alternatives.

      Best wishes


  • Colette on December 30, 2011

    Hi Amber

    The brand of almond milk I usually use has the following nutritional values 1 cup = 3.5 fat, 180 sodium, 2 grams of carbs (1 gram of dietary fiber so equals only 1 net carb per cup). protein 1 gram. Although I am sure people don’t need to drink a cup of Almond milk….it is a great alternative to add to coffee ; oat bran if used in moderation ; it is rich in vitamin E ; nearly twice the calcium of milk. Almond milk has 0 cholesterol while nonfat milk has 5mg. Almond milk has NO sugars and non fat milk has 12-13 grams of sugars. Although the diet recommends all these fat free dairy products, I think one needs to consider the over processing that goes into removing the fat etc. i just think there should be some research to see if unsweetened Almond milk would affect the diet if used in moderation (limit a cup per day).


    • Amber on December 30, 2011

      Hi Colette

      The decision on what foods gets included or excluded in the Dukan Diet or what research is carried out to refine the diet is of course determined by Dr Dukan.

      As I explained in the post Dr Dukan doesn’t allow the use of almond milk in his diet but if you want to ignore his recommendations and have almond milk that is your choice.

      Kind regards


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