Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners for the Dukan Diet

There are so many different sugar substitutes available that working out which ones are allowed on the Dukan Diet is not easy but if you have a copy of one of Dr Dukan’s books you might think that aspartame is the only approved sweetener.  Both of the books that I have copies of, The Dukan Diet (UK version) and The Dukan Diet Life Plan, only lists aspartame when advising of the sweeteners which can be used.


Aspartame is an artificial sweetener which is surrounded by a lot of controversy and because of this many people are not comfortable using aspartame and many others also prefer to use natural products.  However not all natural sugar substitutes are suitable to use on the Dukan Diet as many of these natural products still contain a lot of sugar.

The list of acceptable sugar substitutes and sweeteners below comes from official Dukan Diet sources. The primary source of the information posted comes from the Dukan Diet – US Facebook Pages.  I’ve also listed the brand names of various sweeteners that are permitted on the Dukan Diet.  If there is a brand that I’ve not listed that you would like to know is OK to use, use the comment box below to give me the name and if possible the ingredients and I’ll check it out and add it to the list if it is an acceptable sweetener to use.

In the books there is no limit on the amount of sweeteners that you can use but for the coached version there is a limit of 12 teaspoons, which was previously 8.  The advice on this topic has changed recently as in an online coaching chat one of the Dukan coaches advised that artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Equal were limited to 6 packets a day(12 teaspoons) but that all natural sweeteners such as Stevia and Lohan are unlimited.

You’ll find that many of the Dukan approved sugar substitutes contain small amounts of other sugars such as maltodextrin or dextrose which are not normally allowed.

Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners Allowed on the Dukan Diet

  • Aspartame
  • Erythritol
  • Lohan
  • Maltitol
  • Saccharin
  • Stevia
  • Sucralose
  • Xylitol (This product is found in some of Dr Dukan’s foods so I’ve included but it isn’t suitable to use in any other than very small amounts so it shouldn’t be used your general sweetener of choice).

Brands of Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners Allowed on the Dukan Diet

  • Equal (Equal Classic uses Aspartame, Equal Sucralose uses sucralose and Equal Saccharin uses saccharin)
  • Ideal (Ideal Packets contain xylitol,  sucralose, dextrose and maltodextin and Ideal white granulated contains xylitol, sucralose and maltodextrin)
  • Splenda (No calorie Sweetener Packets has sucralose, dextrose and maltodextrin while the No calories Sweetener granulated contains sucralose and maltodextrin)
  • SweetLeaf (Stevia)
  • Sweet’n'Low (Saccharin and dextrose)
  • Truvia (Stevia and erythritol)
  • XyloBrit (Xylitol)
  • XyloSweet (Xylitol)

Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners Not Allowed on the Dukan Diet

  • Agave nectar or syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut Nectar or Crystals
  • Honey
  • Jaggery
  • Lucuma Powder
  • Maple Syrup
  • White sugar (made from cane or beets)
  • Yacon Syrup

46 Responses to “Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners for the Dukan Diet”

  • Loretta on April 7, 2014

    I’m confused ! You have ticked xylitol as an accepted sweetner for Dukan, and then you contradict yourselves and say it can’t be used ! I have pure birch xylitol in doors, can or can I not use it on my cruise ? A definitive answer required please!

    • Amber on April 8, 2014

      Hi Loretta

      The reason I’ve put xylitol in the list is because some of Dr Dukan own products use it in very small amounts so I didn’t see how I could not list it but it isn’t suitable to use freely as a sweetener. So my advice would be not to use it. I’ve added a comment to explained this on the post now.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • Rachel on April 4, 2014

    Is the brown sugar splenda allowed? It says its a mixture?

    • Amber on April 5, 2014

      Hi Rachel

      Sorry but the answer is no. THe sweetener needs to have zero calories and Brown Sugar Splenda is a low calorie rather than a no calorie sweetener having around half the calories of normal brown sugar.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Kirsty on March 31, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    Have you come across xylitol syrup? I read your post on agave syrup so wondering if there is any info on xylitol syrup…I can’t seem it find anything relating to Dukan…

    Thanks,
    Kirsty

    • Amber on March 31, 2014

      Hi Kirsty

      Xylitol is a low calorie sweetener with about 1/3 fewer calories than sugar but it still contains quite a lot of calories and for this reason it isn’t suitable to use on Dukan.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • joe toth on March 29, 2014

    Hi, Amber !

    One of the DUKAN recipes listed, ‘Dukan Meringue’, calls for a cup of sweetener.
    What particular sweetener would you recommend ?
    A cupfull seems an awful lot of any type to me.

    Really enjoy your comments !

  • Nami on March 27, 2014

    Hi, Amber
    Are coffee sweeteners allowed? It has sodium cyclamate and sodium saccharin. But it also contains sodium hydrogen carbonate, sodium citrate, and lactose as the acidity regualtors

    • Amber on March 27, 2014

      Hi Nami

      Does the sweetener have any calorie content?

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • Nami on March 28, 2014

        Hi, Amber
        For 100g it is 20kcal but for one portion (0.06g) it is 0.01kcal. Is that ok?
        Thank you

        • Amber on March 28, 2014

          Hi Nami

          Based on the calorie count, it will be fine.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

  • E on March 14, 2014

    I have a No Calorie sweetener that has Lactose, aspartame and acesulfame. Is that allowed?

    • Amber on March 14, 2014

      Hi E

      I’m very surprised that a food containing lactose has no calories but provided it is a no calorie sweetener it will be fine.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sofia on February 26, 2014

    thank you for your advice :)

  • Sofia on February 26, 2014

    Hi, Amber.

    I currently use the Stevia in the raw (powder version), and i would like to find out what is the limit per day of the amount of stevia we can use? Thanks a bunch!

    Sofia

    • Amber on February 26, 2014

      Hi Sofia

      You want to try to change your eating habits so that you eat less sweet and sugary things. Try to aim for somewhere between 8 and 12 teaspoons.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Fiona on January 26, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    First off would like to say you are wonderful for replying to every single post on here. Thank you!!

    There are many sugar free dairy products that are sweetened with Maltitol and Sucralose is it alright to consume these?

    Thanks!

    • Amber on January 26, 2014

      Hi Fiona

      Official Dukan foods sold in the Dukan Shop contain maltitol but it is not a calorie free sweetener like sucralose so I’d be guided by the level of carbs rather than these ingredients and look for those with less than 7% carbs.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • JAZZ on February 26, 2014

        I have read we’re not supposed to eat any of the sweetners that end in ose like sucralose as well as others .Especially fructose because it’s not a good thing to consume.

        • Amber on February 26, 2014

          Hi Jazz

          Sucralose is an artificial sweetener without any calorie content which is allowed whilst fructose is fruit sugar and does contain calories amnd is not allowed. All thing ending in -ose are not the same thing.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

  • Pam on January 21, 2014

    Hi Amber, I live in Thailand and there is a sugar substitute (syrup) product called Kontrol (1 tsp Kontrol give sweetness = 2 tsp real sugar). It made from Maltitol and Sorbital that what I know are allowed on Dukan diet?, anyhow one teaspoon contains 15 calories so I’m not sure if it is safe to consume this product during my cruise phrase or any other phrase of Dukan diet?

    Kind Regards

    • Amber on January 23, 2014

      Hi Pam

      My advice would be to avoid this product and look for no calorie sweeteners as the Dukan Diet looks to avoid added sugars.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • LOUISE on August 12, 2013

    Hi,

    How about PANELA which is a cane sugar, but much less processed than the others?

    • Amber on August 12, 2013

      Hi Louise

      I’m afraid that the reduced processing doesn’t stop panela being a sugar, so it isn’t allowed.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • atiqah chia on June 20, 2012

    hey, i’m just wondering, can i use raw cane sugar as a sweetener? i can’t seem to find any of the sweeteners above in my local stores here.Thank you.

    • Amber on June 20, 2012

      Hi atiqah chia

      I’m afraid that raw cane sugar isn’t allowed. Try looking at the ingredients in the sweeteners that your stores sell and see if you can recognize any of them in those that I’ve listed.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • gabrielle apuzzo on May 17, 2012

    what about molasses?

    • Amber on May 17, 2012

      Hi gabrielle

      According to Wikipedia a tablespoon of molasses has 58 calories and 14.95 g of carbohydrates so I’m afraid it is a no!

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Ellen on May 15, 2012

    Hi Amber,

    I bought a sweetener called Whey-Low, and find it to be really great. Do you think it’s acceptable on the Dukan Diet? Here’s the website, with all the nutritional content.

    http://www.wheylow.com

    • Amber on May 15, 2012

      Hi Ellen

      Whey-Low is a of fructose, sucrose and lactose so I’m afraid it doesn’t meet Dr Dukan’s guidelines.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • ayah on November 26, 2013

        hey amber , I am using a sweetener called Tropicana slim , is it allowed on the dukan diet ? thanks

        • Amber on November 26, 2013

          Hi Ayah

          According to the information I found online it is a zero calorie sweetener so it will be fine to use.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

  • Carly on May 5, 2012

    Hi Amber,

    Sorry to bother you again, but hopefully you’ll know the answer to this question and it’ll help others too!

    I purchased Stevia in my local Tesco and on closer inspection found that it has Maltodextrin in too. I’ve heard this is bad.

    The ingredients are: Maltodextrin,Sweetener: Steviol Glycosides ,Natural Flavourings

    The nutritional info is, per teaspoon (0.5g)

    1.88kcal
    0.47 g carbohydrate
    0.015 g of which are sugars

    Is this fine to keep on using? Or should I try something else?

    I liked Stevia because it comes from plants and I’m a really fussy eater with ‘unnatural’ things!

    • Amber on May 5, 2012

      Hi Carly

      Dr Dukan has “approved” the use of various sweeteners which contain maltodextrin and dextrose so don’t worry about continuing to use your Stevia. The maltodextrin and dextrose are added to sweeteners to give them bulk.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Carly on May 5, 2012

        Thanks for letting me know Amber! Yay, I was worried I’d have to fork over another few quid!

        Thanks for visiting my site also! I’m always happy to swap my SEO tips for your Dukan ones!

        Yes, I have spent a lot of time on your site – I’ve read so many pages and comments for ideas/tips etc, haha!

        Thanks!

        • k on May 6, 2012

          and how about dextrose in low fat ham? i

          • Amber on May 7, 2012

            Hi k

            Dr Dukan doesn’t approve of dextrose in any other products. I’m not totally sure he knows it is in the sweeteners he’s approved.

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

  • k on May 5, 2012

    sorry to bother you again, but you don’t seem to be annoyed by the questions, so I’ll ask again :D I found out that there is polydextrose in my skim milk, how about that?

    • Amber on May 5, 2012

      Hi k

      When Dr Dukan talks about fat free or low fat dairy products he means the natural products so they should really be 100% milk or yogurt. Polydextrose is a synthetic food additive so I’m a little confused as to how it is in your milk. What type of skim milk are you using?

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • k on May 5, 2012

        http://www.schaerdinger.at/products/?id=15&kategorie=2 it is this austrian milk… i think it’s a replacement for fibre

        • Amber on May 5, 2012

          Hi k

          Some of the products which Schaerdinger sell have other ingredients added to them. The skim milk you are drinking has added fibre in the form of polydextrose as well as having addition additional calcium and folic acid.

          Polydextrose has 1 calorie per gram so it is quite low in calories so you need to decide whether you prefer having the additional benefits that this milk provides or whether you will switch to plain skim milk which Dr Dukan would prefer.

          A:)

  • k on May 2, 2012

    what about maltitol?

    • Amber on May 2, 2012

      Hi K

      What a coincidence! I’ve just checked the online chat for today on the Dukan Diet UK site and in answer to a question asking whether the artificial sweetener can be substitutes for mal[t]itol or xylitol the Dukan coach Bettina answers “Yes you can use Mal[t]itol or Xylitol, you could also try the natural sweetener Stevia.”

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • k on May 3, 2012

        thanks a lot appreciate quick answer :)

  • Debbie on April 18, 2012

    is sugar in the raw allowed? natural cane turbinado sugar?
    once sugar can be introduced into the diet, is it okay to use?
    thanks, debbie

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