Can You Eat Soy Beans (Soya Beans or Edamame) on the Dukan Diet?

Because the Dukan Diet is constantly evolving the information on what you can and cannot eat changes.  Up until today I’ve always based the advice I’ve given about soy(a) beans on the information in my UK copy of the Dukan Diet book.  In the book Dr Dukan very clearly lists soya beans at item number 95 of the 100 healthy foods that keep you healthy.  

However I just checked the online chat which took place earlier today (7 October 2011) at and found the following question and answer.

Question : Since Dr. Dukan is on line, I need to ask him to please clarify something: In his book he says that “soya beans” are allowed in the cruise phase on PV days because they contain a lot of protein . But in the list of allowed foods I read something else, and I am still not sure if this is allowed or not. I asked one of the moderators and the answer was no, it is not allowed. I wonder why it would be listed in the book. I love soya beans EDAMAME and would love to have them if they are allowed. Otherwise I will wait off course, but it would be such a treat. Thank you!

Dr Dukan : Actually I’m glad to hear about you and your relevant question. About soya, what is permitted is tofu in the proteins section and soya sprouts in the vegetable section because tofu is plenty of proteins and soya sprouts have lost all their fat . But soya beans are not allowed because they are full of fat so please have some tofu and/or sprouts as much as you want but wait until the start of your consolidation phase to have some edamame as your starch portion. Have a nice day.

As you can see the answer above came straight from Dr Dukan himself and he is now saying that only soy(a) bean sprouts can be eaten as a vegetable but not soy(a) beans themselves.

I shall therefore be changing the advice that I give based on this new information.

8 Responses to “Can You Eat Soy Beans (Soya Beans or Edamame) on the Dukan Diet?”

  • annie on May 11, 2017

    is soya bean milk allowed in dukan diet

    • Amber on May 13, 2017

      Hi Annie

      Soy milk and yogurt can be used to replace dairy if desired.



  • Lulu on May 9, 2013

    Cheers Amber,

    I have stopped eating Soya products (Except Tofu), and already my bloating has gone down.

    I went through a one month period of stagnation and I figured this was due to eating too much Soya products (Milk and Natto).


    • Amber on May 9, 2013

      Hi Lulu

      I’m glad you found out what was causing the bloating.

      Take care


  • Lulu on April 3, 2013

    Hey there,

    Thanks for the advice. I have a question about Nattou! They are fermented soya beans and I was under the impression that they’re relatively fat free and extremely high in protein.

    With this being the case, are they allowed?

    Please let me know.


    • Amber on April 3, 2013

      Hi Lulu

      The pure protein sources used by Dr Dukan are very, very low in carbs except for the dairy so unfortunately natto is suitable. The information I’ve linked to shows that natto is 11% fat and 14% carbohydrate.

      Kind regards


  • Deb on December 21, 2012

    So if soya beans are not allowed why are they listed as one of the 28 veges you can eat? There is so much conflicting information that I’m beginning to feel like its being made up as we go.

    • Amber on December 21, 2012

      Hi Deb

      It is difficult to keep up with the changes the Dr Dukan introduces to help make his diet more effective. The changes are introduced more slowly into his books than to the customers who are paying for his coaching services and I believe that the refinements he makes usually make the diet better. If you really wanted to have soya beans I would suggest that you include them in your diet and see if including them slows down your weight loss Tas they contain 7% fat content which is higher than many of the protein sources used.

      If you look at the list of Dukan Diet 100 Safe Foods on the UK Dukan Diet site you will see that soya beans are not listed, just tofu and soya bean sprouts.

      Best wishes


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