Dukan Diet Update: Biltong Not Allowed on Dukan Diet

I was reading through the transcript of yesterday’s (10 February 2012) online coaching chat on the UK Dukan Diet site and I found that Biltong is no longer allowed on the Dukan Diet because it is too high in salt.  I know that this piece of news will be of interest to many followers of the diet who eat Biltong or beef jerky instead of Bresaola which is not always that easy to find and it was a very handy food to snack on.


I’ve provided an edited extract of the relevant question and answer below.

dperratt : Hi, ….. Am I allowed to eat lean Biltong? Thanks

jemma : Hi Dperratt! ……..Lean Biltong is not allowed during the diet because it contains too much salt. Have a nice day!

I thought that I’d check up on the nutritional content of Bresaola, Biltong and Jerky which are all types of dried beef.  Bresaola is of course one of the 72 protein foods allowed to be eaten in unlimited quantities on the Dukan Diet.

Nutritional Content of Bresaola for 28 g

  • Calories 70
  • Protein 9 g
  • Fat 1 g
  • Carbs 0 g
  • Sodium 390 mg
  • Cholesterol 25 mg

Nutritional Content of Biltong for 28 g

  • Calories 70
  • Protein 11 g
  • Fat 2 g
  • Carbs 0 g
  • Sodium 420 mg
  • Potassium 169 mg
  • Cholesterol 30 mg

Nutritional Content of Beef Jerky for 28 g

  • Calories 78
  • Protein 15 g
  • Fat 1 g
  • Carbs 3 g
  • Sodium 498 mg
  • Cholesterol 22 mg

I thought I’d look on the US site to see what I could find and I found this question and answer from 18 January 2012 which I’ve edited:

Question ….. I make my own Beef Jerky, with extra Lean ground beef.  I add the cure that comes with it, which has 0 everything, and I use half of the spice packet that comes with it.  I also add crushed red peppers, is this okay to eat all day long?

Answer …..This sounds great! Just be careful with the cure that comes with it, make sure the sodium level is low and sugar non existent. I know you said 0 everything, but I just want to make sure all the right nutrition facts are being observed. Otherwise, you can eat as much of it as you’d like 🙂

I also found this question and answer from 6 January 2012:

Question: What about beef jerkey.  I know you allow it if it doesn’t contain sugar, but I cannot seem to find any that does not contain sugar.  The version that I am looking at contains 6 grams of sugar per 1 ounce.  Is this acceptable or is there a brand you can suggest that does not contain sugar?  Thanks!

Answer: Beef Jerky can’t contain any sugar. Most people who want to consume it make their own.

If you consider that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers that sodium intake should be no more than 2,300 milligrams daily, and all those people over the age of 51 or having high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should limit the sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day it seems to me that perhaps all three foods would be best avoided or only eaten very occasionally whether you are following the Dukan Diet or not.

4 Responses to “Dukan Diet Update: Biltong Not Allowed on Dukan Diet”

  • carol on June 5, 2013

    Is prosciutto type meat allowed in attack and cruise phase?

    • Amber on June 5, 2013

      Hi Carol

      The fat content of this type of meat is a little on the high side to be suitable. The information I found showed a fat content of just over 16%.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • caronicholls on November 6, 2012

    Good research! Biltong contents look almost the same as
    Bresaola. With biltong i often feel over full with Bresaola
    it hardly touches sides 🙂 ( i think i over indulge on the biltong)
    Best i stay away from it for now…… !

    • Amber on November 8, 2012

      Hi Caro

      Biltong is best avoided and too much Bresoala isn’t a good idea due to the amount of salt it contains.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

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