Can You Eat Fruit on the Dukan Diet?
Fruit in the Attack and Cruise Phases
Many people who are following the Dukan Diet or who are thinking about following the Dukan Diet to lose weight, find it difficult to understand why the only two fruits allowed in the weight loss phases of the Dukan Diet are rhubarb and goji berries.
This lack of fruit in the diet, of course, flies in the face of the official health information we have been subjected to over a large number of years which has encouraged us all to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables that we eat. The problem with eating more fruit and vegetables is that not all fruit and vegetables are the same and most of us when faced with the choice eating of a serving of vegetables or a serving of fruit to make our diet more healthy will chose the serving of fruit and probably the sweeter the fruit the better.
Fruit contains natural sugar in a form which our bodies can rapidly assimilate and the fact that the sugar is natural doesn’t stop it from being a carbohydrate which the Dukan Diet looks to minimize in order to help you lose weight. Remember that the Dukan Diet has been designed by Dr Dukan to be:
- High in protein
- Low in carbohydrates
- Low in fat
- Low in sugar
- Low in salt
Dr Dukan has chosen the two fruits that he does allow very carefully because of their individual properties.
- Rhubarb is very low in natural sugar and it is very useful in helping to combat the constipation problem that many followers of the Dukan Diet often encounter. Rhubarb is one of the 28 vegetables added in the Cruise Phase.
- Goji berries only allowed as a tolerated item but their rich nutritional content can make a very valuable contribution. Goji berries are high in essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acids and are one of the richest natural food sources of antioxidants, containing even more beta-carotene than carrots. They also contain the minerals selenium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc and vitamins B, polysaccharides and amino acids.
Fruit in the Consolidation Phase
When you reach your target weight and move into the Consolidation Phase you are then allowed to add one low sugar serving of fruit each day.
- Bananas, dried fruit, grapes and cherries are off limits because they are too high in sugar.
- Nuts are not allowed as they are too high in fat.
The fruits which Dr Dukan suggests for your daily serving in order of preference are:
- Kiwi fruit