Can Vegetarians Follow the Dukan Diet?
The quick one word answer to this question is yes, vegetarians can follow the Dukan Diet. However I’ve a strong feeling that most people asking this question, once they know the answer, will also want to know how vegetarians follow the Dukan Diet.
My UK version of the Dukan Diet book has very little information about how a vegetarian would follow the diet, but both the UK and US Dukan Diet sites do have an FAQ which gives a little more information. How you adapt the diet really depends upon what foods you do eat. If you eat fish, dairy and eggs you can follow the normal Dukan Diet rules eating fish, tofu and eggs as your sources of pure protein.
If you don’t eat fish you have to adjust your diet to concentrate on tofu and soy products, dairy products and eggs (eating three egg whites for every one egg yolk). In addition you also have to increase your daily consumption of oat bran to four tablespoons a day and have two tablespoons of lentils (any kind) on PP days with unlimited amounts on PV days.
One of the other places I regularly visit to keep my knowledge of the Dukan Diet current is the online chat sessions that are held at www.dukandiet.co.uk three times a week.
On 10 July 2011 “danielahaerter” asked if it was OK to eat Quorn during the Attack Phase and “sonja” replied saying that you can have “plain Quorn” but advised to avoid other products as they may contain fat or other ingredients not suitable for the diet. Quorn is made from mycoprotein (“myco” is Greek for “fungi”). The mycoprotein used in Quorn comes from Fusarium venenatum, which was first discovered in a field in Buckinghamshire, England.
On 22 July 2011 “Cathy” one of the UK dietitians of the UK diet also advised that textured soy protein was also OK for vegetarians to use.
On 9 October 2011 “sonja” one of the UK Dukan Diet coaches also advised that it was OK to eat seitan, a form of wheat protein.