How Many Eggs Can You Eat on the Dukan Diet?
Although the Dukan Diet has very simple rules there are some areas where things get a little confusing and one of the areas of confusion is over the number of whole eggs that you are allowed to eat.
My UK version of the Dukan Diet advises that you can safely eat 2 eggs a day in the temporary Attack Phase unless you have cholesterol problems in which case your egg yolk consumption should be no more than 3 or 4 a week but it contains no information on how many to eat after the Attack Phase. The latest information included in the Daily Mail articles being published this week also confirms this advice for the Attack Phase but doesn’t provide any advice the Cruise phase of the diet.
One of the FAQs of www.dukandiet.com does deal with eggs and it doesn’t say that this advice applies only to the Attack Phase
Question: Can I really have the allowed foods in unlimited quantities?
Answer: Yes. We only suggest that you restrict your egg consumption. You can have one or two eggs, with the yolk, per day. However, you can have egg whites in unlimited quantity.
There is also an FAQ on www.dukandiet.co.uk
Question: How to conciliate the diet with cholesterol
Answer: You have to be careful with eggs. If you haven’t got a threatening cholesterol you can eat a whole egg yolk per day. In that case make your oat bran pancake with the white only. If you have got any cholesterol problems have the egg whites as much as you want and try to restrict yourself to 4 yolks per week except if your doctor doesn’t agree with that.
(This has always been the information on which I’ve based the advice and information I provide on this site).
However it is not difficult to find conflicting advice. For example the online chats at www.dukandiet.co.uk advise you to eat a much lower number of eggs . I’ve provided a copy of the Q & A from the online chat of 1 July 2011.
Question : How many eggs am I allowed to eat in day? Is there a max amount. Thank you
Answer : Hi! you can have 5 yolks per week actually (three in case of cholesterol), but you can have as many whites as you want as this is where the proteins are. Keep going!
If you want to go the other way and look for guidance that you can eat more than two eggs a day you can get this inferred from the latest series of articles in the Daily Mail which I’ve already referred to above.
- The Day One Meal Plan uses two eggs for scrambled eggs for breakfast and two eggs to make cookies and then also includes two eggs in the Lemon Cheesecake recipe but I’m not sure how many this is intended to serve.
- The Day Two Meal Plan uses two eggs for an omelette for lunch, one egg for the baked fish if it is four servings and says you can have up to two hard boiled eggs as a snack.
- The Day Three Meal Plan uses 1/3 of an egg for Rosemary Burgers, 1 egg for the Cod fishcake if it is three servings and 1 and 1/2 eggs for the Cinnamon Tart.
- The Day Four Meal Plan uses 1 egg for breakfast muffins, 2 to 3 eggs for Prawn Stuffed Eggs and 2 eggs yolks for Chocolate Pannacotta.
- The Day Five Meal Plan uses 1/2 an egg for muesli, one hard boiled egg for a snack and one egg in the Orange yogurt cake assuming it has three servings.
So what conclusion have I drawn from this – I’ve decided for now to continue as before using the rule of thumb of one egg per day unless you have raised cholesterol when you should limit yourself to no more than four per week.