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
- 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
- Lucuma Powder
- Maple Syrup
- White sugar (made from cane or beets)
- Yacon Syrup