Are there 68 or 72 Pure Protein Foods on the Dukan Diet?

The answer to this question depends upon which country you live in and it is one of the main causes for confusion about the Dukan Diet as the diet is not the same in every country.  This is because Dr Dukan adapts his diet to suit the foods available and eating habits of the country and he also changes the lists slightly from time to time to incorporate different foods. The UK version of the Dukan Diet has 72  and the US version has 68 but both these list employ a degree of ‘creative accountancy’ to achieve these numbers as some foods are grouped to count as just one.


In the UK you are allowed:

  • Beef steak
  • Breasola
  • Fillet of beef
  • Roast beef
  • Rump steak
  • Sirloin steak
  • Tongue
  • Calf’s liver
  • Kidneys

In the US the list is shorter and is just:

  • Beef tenderloin, Filet mignon
  • Extra-lean Kosher beef hot dog
  • Lean slices of roast beef
  •  Steak: flank, sirloin, London broil

Beef Kebabs

You can see that both lists do have some of the same foods but the way they have been categorized alters how they are counted.  Beef steak, rump steak and sirloin steak are three foods in the UK list while in the US list they are just one under Steak: flank, sirloin, London broil.  The other differences are that the UK list has tongue, liver, kidneys and Breasola which is air dried salted beef , while the US list has extra-lean Kosher beef hot dogs.  Bresaola is a little like biltong or jerky but these often have added sugar so this is why they don’t make the list. Certainly if you are in the UK and are now thinking that you can have hot dogs you need to think again as all hot dogs aren’t the same and most would not be suitable to use on the Dukan Diet.

To explain “Ye Old Oak American Style Hot Dogs” which can be purchased in the UK contain 81% Chicken (Mechanically Separated), Potato Starch, Water, Chicken Fat, Salt, Beef Collagen, Smoke Flavouring, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Stabilisers (E451(i), E412), Dextrose, Coriander, Chicken Collagen, Spices, Preservative (E250), Acidity Regulator (E330),Brine: Water, Salt.  Per 100g they have 7.9 g of fat, 5 g of carbs, 13.6 g of protein and 145 calories

While the ingredients in the US “Hebrew National 97% Beef Franks” are Beef, Water, Modified Food Starch*, Contains 2% or less of: Sodium Lactate, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Flavorings, Paprika, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite. * Ingredient in excess of amount permitted in regular beef franks.  Per 100 g  they haves 2.2 g of fat, 6.7 g of carbs, 13.3 g of protein and 82 calories.

The main difference is the level of fat and this has a big impact on the calories the hot dog contains. However in view of the level of carbohydrates that even the low fat versions contain my advice would be to eat them sparingly and to avoid them altogether if your weight loss is stagnating.



Veal Chop

The US list has just two foods:

  • Veal chops
  • Veal scaloppini

The UK list has the same number:

  • Veal chop
  • Veal escalope

As escalope and scaloppini are the same thing there are no differences.


In the US there are four foods under pork:

Morning Star Soy Bacon

  • Extra-lean ham
  • Lean center-cut pork chops
  • Pork tenderloin, pork loin roast
  • Reduced-fat bacon

While the UK lists just two:

  • Fat reduced bacon
  • Pre-cooked ham slices (without any fat or rind)

Both lists have low fat bacon and ham but the US list has pork chops and pork loin. This is because pork in the US has a lower fat content than the UK.

Other Meats

The US has:

  • Buffalo
  • Soy bacon
  • Venison

The UK has:

  • Game (Venison and Hare)
  • Rabbit

By using Game the UK version allows hare as well as venison.


The foods that are on both lists are:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken liver
  • Low fat deli/precooked slices of chicken or turkeyChicken Breasts
  • Ostrich
  • Quail
  • Turkey

The UK list also has:

  • Guinea fowl
  • Pigeon
  • Poussin

While the US list includes:

  • Cornish hen
  • Fat-free turkey and chicken sausages
  • Wild duck  (Farmed duck is too high in fat)


Although the are 24 fish on both lists there are several differences between the two lists but as any fish can be eaten it really could have been just one food on both lists!

Fish on both lists:

  • Bass/Sea Bass
  • Cod
  • Sole (on UK list as two items Dab/Lemon and Dover soleCod
  • Surimi/Seafood Sticks or Crab Sticks
  • Haddock/Smoked Haddock
  • Halibut/Smoked Halibut
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Salmon/Smoked Salmon
  • Sardines (Fresh or canned in water)
  • Swordfish
  • Trout (Rainbow and Salmon)
  • Tuna

Just on UK list:

  • Grey Mullet
  • Hake
  • Plaice
  • Pollock/Coley
  • Red Mullet
  • Sea Bream
  • Skate
  • Turbot
  • Whiting

Just on US list:Grilled Trout

  • Arctic Char
  • Catfish
  • Flounder
  • Grouper
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Orange Roughy
  • Perch
  • Red Snapper
  • Shark
  • Tilapia

Seafood/Shell Fish

Food on both lists:

  • Calamari/Squid
  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Crayfish/Crawfish
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oyster
  • Prawns/Shrimps
  • Scallops

The only food on the US list that isn’t on the UK list is Octopus, while there are three on the UK list – Cockles, Dublin Bay Prawns and Whelks.


Both version allow chicken and quail eggs but the US version also allows duck eggs. Based on information from a 70 g duck egg has 130 calories, 9.6 g of fat 2.6 g of which is saturated, a whopping 619mg of cholesterol more than twice the daily recommended limit, 1 g of carbs and 9 g of protein.  A large 50 g chicken egg has 72 calories, 5 g of fat of which 1.6 g is saturated, 186 mg of cholesterol, o.4 g of carbs and 6.3 g of protein.  Based on this data I wouldn’t recommend duck eggs as a food to be enjoyed as anything else but the occasional treat.



Dairy Products

In the US there are different fat free versions of dairy products so their list includes fat-free cream cheese, fat-free ricotta, fat-free sour cream.  Both lists have fat-free (US)/ low-fat (UK) cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fat-free Greek yogurt.  The UK list has  fat-free fromage frais, fat-free yogurt, Quark (low fat).  The observant of you will have noticed that ordinary yogurt isn’t on the US list and I must admit I don’t know why this is the case.

Vegetable ” Proteins”

The only food on both lists is tofu. The UK list includes Konjac/Shirataki noodles and oat bran which are allowed on the US version of the diet but are treated as extras.  The US list has Seitan, Soy foods and veggie burgers and Tempeh.

79 Responses to “Are there 68 or 72 Pure Protein Foods on the Dukan Diet?”

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  • Lorraine on August 28, 2014

    Hi Amber, can I eat feta cheese on the attack stage? And how much coke zero can you drink a day? I seem not to be losing any thing even tho I’m only eating low fat fish and dairy, at what % to fat carb and protine a day please
    Kind regards

    • Amber on August 29, 2014

      Hi Lorraine

      Take a look at this post FEta cheese is not on the list of allowed dairy protein.

      Dr Dukan does not provide percentages of fat/carbs/protein but if you are eating a lot of dairy this may be impacting your weight loss. It is recommended in the paid coached version not to have more than 1 kg of dairy protein per day, using a guide of 1 ml equals 1 g where needed.

      Best wishes


  • Lorraine on August 26, 2014

    Hi Amber,
    How much coke zero can you drink a day on attack stage?
    And can you have sweeteners on this stage to?
    Many thanks

    • Amber on August 29, 2014

      Hi Lorraine

      You can have three servings of coke zero per day through the weight loss phases and can use calorie free artificial sweeteners throughout.

      Kind regards


  • Lorraine on August 26, 2014

    Hi I saw a repice on the attack stage but it has peppers and sun tried tomatoes is that ok on attack stage

    1 lb ground turkey
    1 lb ground sirloin
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 jalapeño, finely chopped
    3 T Greek yogurt
    1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, chopped
    1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
    2 eggs
    3/4 lb turkey bacon, cooked and chopped
    2 T gherkins, chopped
    2/3 cup fat free mozzarella cheese, shredded
    1/2 cup oat bran
    2 T dried parsley
    salt red pepper flakes

    I also changed meat to Quorn mince?

    • Amber on August 26, 2014

      Hi Lorraine

      I would suggest making the recipe leaving out these two ingredients and adding a tablespoon of chopped tomatoes instead. Quorn mince is fine to use but some of the Quorn products have ingredients that are not allowed.

      Kind regards


      • Lorraine on August 26, 2014

        Many thanks Amber, just out of intreast what %
        Of protein to fat should be a daily intake? So far I have 41% protein, 40% fat and rest carbs 18.5% many
        Thanks Lorraine

        • Amber on August 29, 2014

          Hi Lorraine

          Sorry this isn’t how the Dukan Diet works, you just follow the rules given by Dr Dukan,

          Kind regards


  • aileen on August 21, 2014

    What is the portion size on the attack phase, especially on the yogurt?

    • Amber on August 24, 2014

      Hi Aileen

      There are no portion sizes but it is recommended in thew paid coached version that daily dairy protein intake is limited to 1 kg per day. (1 ml is treated as equivalent to 1 g).

      Kind regards


  • frank on August 14, 2014

    Hi I have been on the dukan diet for about 2 months lost 22 pounds…. can you have cinnamon and can you always cook with garlic and and onions, also is it a good idea to bread the chicken in oatbran and pan fry it with water?

    • Amber on August 17, 2014

      Hi Frank


      Yes you can have cinnamon and always cook with garlic and onion. I’d fry the chicken in a teaspoon of oil rather than put it in water.

      Best wishes


  • Gena on July 15, 2014

    Can I have corn flour on pure protein days?

    • Amber on July 16, 2014

      Hi Gena

      Yes if you are in Cruise as it is a tolerated item.

      Best wishes


  • natosha on July 13, 2014

    Thanks Amber,

    For all the replies. I was going to have more yesterday but I actually had less and yet still no change. It was mainly cause I was so busy and had no appetite. However, today on this Sunday, I was free and had nothing to do. Therefore, I noticed my appetite picking up, to the point if I didn’t have anything I’d eat anything I see in the house. Yikes! So I decided today will be a try to increase my food intake. I feel as if i’m just losing muscle weight, cause I feel pain in my muscles and just extra weak and irritable. Also, sluggish.

    So I tried the extra approach bit late, but dinner time decided to have much more than normal cause I couldn’t last with out being full..

    So with the ” eat enough protein” mentioned alot on dukan sites and as you mentioned. I decided to do it.

    Right away felt more energy, my body doesn’t feel tired and I feel fuller than have felt for while.

    I notice cause not having any pork now just chicken left that it feels as if it digests alot faster. Therfore, my day looked like this:

    breakfast- 7oz chicken breast( not filling after an hour later)
    16oz water
    2tea + splenda

    lunch- 14oz chicken breast ( bit bland nothing on top )
    ( also weight is of raw weight before cooking)
    feel better yet not tasty any more
    2 teas + splendas

    snack- tea + splenda

    dinner – two teas and splendas
    16oz water
    garlic powder – pinch
    black pepper – dash
    ( seasoned to make taste a lot better)
    and 21oz ( 3 whole chicken breast trimmed raw weight)

    after that meal felt the fullest ever and so much energy to get up do anything!

    However, hoping it proves to get the scale moving the right direction 🙂

    Unfortunately it was like 3:45 dinner that had all that filling protein and wishing now if I did that more during the day which would move todays 1300 calorie approach area to like alot more, I wonder if it would make it too much if I stepped it up maybe 3 full breasts each meal (definitely be fuller and able to go all day with energy) or will that be over stepping it a bit.

    Plus did my normal exercise routine

    • natosha on July 14, 2014

      it really did help!

      my weight didn’t go up but actually probably alot lighter. my stomach is flatter and I am feeling energized and healthy. No more Oscar The Grouch syndrome lol:) thank you. today plan to be higher in the protein and calorie department. My appetite is increased again, got it back after eating so much last night. 🙂 See how this works definitely over the 1500+ area 🙂

      • natosha on July 16, 2014

        GREAT NEWS!!!!



        After adding in ricotta which helps alot (few more carbs + protein) makes meals taste great and just works!

        so one pound from goal. Now thinking to move my goal marker further down the line if its this easy again!

        I guess I should too notice from past when I dropped every other day, because I was eating alot (not weighing food, and just kept adding more not less) However when started I was eating so light that for 7days until I decided to eat alot more I am finally dropping lol YIPPIE!!

        I guess since I am near my first goal maybe to keep trying new ideas to keep it interesting the meals. I still fear salty things even if low fat and tho I was nervous about carbs, not no more. Since ricotta added 4 more yesterday and since going to have with breakfast add 6 more to my diet so over the 20 area.
        would love to try soy milk , but that’s the thing was the carb stuff and milk . Wasn’t sure if being low carb so long would make me gain fast even tho its accepted on dukan and fat free. However would be tasty tho

        Also was thinking jell-o but aspartame trying to avoid or even gum tho not sure guess carb issue stuck on mind if it really has to do with that as well.

        • Amber on July 16, 2014

          Hi Natosha

          I’ve been away for a few days and can see that you’ve worked out what you need to do as you can’t live just on chicken breasts. Why not try the soy milk and see what impact it has.

          Best wishes


          • natosha on July 18, 2014

            ok to have more than two whole eggs in a day?

          • Amber on July 21, 2014

            Hi Natosha

            Yes if you have no medical advice to the contrary.

            Best wishes


  • paul on July 12, 2014

    Is turkey smoked sausage allowed on diet

    • Amber on July 13, 2014

      Hi Paul

      Are you able to provide the nutritional information and ingredients of the sausage?

      Kind regards


  • Mary S on July 6, 2014

    Back again after several dietary misadventures. Have been off plan long enough that I really need to restart w/ a Attack of 4-5 days so I am starting that tomorrow .
    Was looking over the allowed lists again and noticed what you had to say about the yogurt. My personal opinion is that only the Greek yogurt is listed on the US version of the diet b/c Dr Dukan may actually prefer it for us due to its lower carb and higher protein content. It is readily available here and is actually much easier to find than the plain regular, especially in single-serve containers. Kroger makes a few flavors of what they call Greek Lite w/ similar stats to their plain but since I discovered putting Mio-type flavoring in the plain I usually just get that.
    I jumped off of the wagon awhile back b/c I thought I was having problems from the lack of fat (vitamin absorption etc) but problems got worse w/ MORE fat so turns out that Dukan is innocent in my case.
    Glad to be back–I promise no more arguing about custard powder etc–if craving pudding I will just make from scratch once on Cruise, w/ baked custard in the meantime.

    • Amber on July 6, 2014

      Hi Mary

      It is good to see you back. When you have health issues it can be difficult tracking down the cause but it is good that it wasn’t the Dukan Diet.

      Take care


  • natosha on June 28, 2014

    Curious would this be acceptable. Been enjoying grass fed meats and pastured eggs. I don’t really worry about cholesterol so figure its ok to eat eggs whole. I also having pork loin boneless has some fat which is roasted than I sear in pan , I find it to be more flavorful. I also have bison ground grass fed. Are these ok to enjoy on the attack phase. Also plenty tea and splenda and water.


    • Amber on June 29, 2014

      Hi Natosha

      If the pork loin has fat, it will increase the fat content of the meat so this would not be recommended. Bison is OK to eat as it is a lean meat.

      Best wishes


      • Natosha Miller on July 6, 2014

        I was wondering. Lately I have probably ven eating under 1200 calories but nothing is coming off and today I am just hungry. If eating more lean protein and upping my calories a bit prob more to 1500s will it help?. I know from past I lost ever other day a poind and was eating 1500-1600 calories but now I wasnt very hungry and not losing much well nothing just stalled. So do upu think lack of food a big culprit to the reason I am not losing anything?

        • Amber on July 9, 2014

          Hi Natosha

          I would look to increase the amount of lean protein you are eating and try to be a little more active. It is much more difficult to be active when you are always feeling hungry.

          Kind regards


          • natosha on July 11, 2014

            True, I do however work out as much like 10 mins running jumping jacks in the morning with 2 mins light jog through out the day after every meal 10 each side leg lifts and 2 min jogs with total of all being 18mins working out and 30 leg lifts each leg. I don’t know i feel slimmer but do feel starving at 1145 calories. and body getting weaker i think slowing my body down. I just fear that if i add more its going to backfire lol. but i haven’t dropped like did in the past every other day. and that was when i was having 1500-1600 slowly increasing still, oddly. Guess i should try having more and not worry about the calories. everything lean chicken breast and tenderloin pork same as chicken breast leanest as possible. also guess since now just 2-3lbs left to drop

          • Amber on July 13, 2014

            Hi Natosha

            As you are feeling weak I think it is important for you to change the way you are following the diet as calorie counting isn’t part of the process. Also it is not unusual for weight loss to slow when you get close to your target weight.

            Kind regards


  • ella on June 14, 2014

    Hi! thank you for your site! it is such a great help. I have a few questions. I just bought some canned tuna. Wild planet tuna from Costco. On the can it states that it has 3% fat….I guess I wouldn’t have known the fat content if I bought raw tuna and cooked it myself so I’m guessing this might be ok? Is vanilla extract allowed or does it have to be artificial vanilla flavoring? Thank you again!

    • Amber on June 15, 2014

      Hi Ella

      Provided there are no added ingredients the tuna will be fine and you can use either vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring.

      Best wishes


      • ella on June 17, 2014

        Hi Amber I have a few more questions if you don’t mind. Today was my first day in Cruise….and oddly enough on the scale I went up about 1.5lbs this morning before starting Cruise not sure what that’s about. Anyway, I wondered if you could tell me if feta cheese is allowed. I have a salad that I like to put it on and wasn’t sure. Would you be so kind as to tell me the % of fat and carb allowed again….I’m looking for cream cheese but can’t find no fat. I remember reading somewhere that you use low fat cocoa. I just found some of the wonder slim cocoa that is 98% fat free I believe. How much of this is allowed in one day? I avoided it during attack, but now I might use it to help me not want sweets :). I see a lot of recipes for breads using oat bran. After making a loaf do I just portion it out so that I’m only eating the 2 tablespoons worth a day? maybe a slice of the bread or whatever it comes out to? One LAST question! Every type of bacon or ham or deli meat I pick up has some form of sugar in it. I notice that bacon and ham are allowed, is there a certain brand that has no sugar that anyone has mentioned from the U.S.? Thank you again I really appreciate your help!

        • Amber on June 18, 2014

          Hi ella

          Our weight fluctuates from day to day and through the day so an unexpected weight gain doesn’t mean you need to worry.

          Feta cheese isn’t a listed dairy protein food but if you can find one with less than 2% fat and 7% carbs you could have it occasionally.

          Cocoa powder is a tolerated item of which you are allowed 2 items per day and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder is 1 item. Wonderslim is fine to use.

          Yes just divide so that you get 2 tablespoon in your daily serving.

          Sometimes you just have to bend the rules a little for the Dukan to be practical to follow. Check the carb levels and if it is close to zero or zero the amount of sugar will be minimal.

          Best wishes


  • Eleftheria on June 3, 2014

    hi Amber
    i would like to ask you a recipe for a oat bran bread with yeast but without any wheat there any?


    • Amber on June 4, 2014

      Hi Ele

      Just replace the wheat bran with oat bran but remember to reduce the amount eaten so that you don’t exceed your daily serving of oat bran.

      Kind regards


  • Angela on May 8, 2014

    Hi, I am considering starting this diet and wondered if the chicken cooked whole in the supermarkets are ok on the attack day . Thank you .

    • Amber on May 10, 2014

      Hi Angela

      Home cooked chicken would be best as supermarket chicken have flavourings that may contain oil or sugars but if you are really stuck you could use this chicken but don’t use the wings and remove all skin and visible fat and if possible have breast meat as this will be the leanest.

      Kind regards


  • Kate on April 25, 2014

    Hi there,

    I was wondering about 1% buttermilk? I checked today and it has the same calorie count as skim milk, with 13g of carbohydrates. It would be great to substitiute in some of the baking,.

    Also, where does peameal/back bacon fall? I know it is okay in some diets, like the gi. But I don’t want to screw up!

    • Amber on April 27, 2014

      Hi Kate

      Peameal bacon has around a 7% fat content so would be OK to include as is 1% buttermilk.

      Best wishes


  • Tracey on March 3, 2014

    Can Bovril be drank as it is a beef extract X

    • Amber on March 3, 2014

      Hi Tracey

      It contains small amounts of waxy maize starch which in strictness would put it outside of the rules ( However you might decide that your love of Bovril is strong enough for you to ignore this!

      Kind regards


  • Amber on March 1, 2014

    Hi i was wondering if or why quest proteins bars would or wouldnt be allowed on the diet. I know that the diet wants us to learn how to prepare food for ourselves and I get that. But I really enjoy these quest bars because they are really delicious. They help my sugar cravings because you can bake them and they taste just like cookies. The nutrition facts for one whole bar is 8g of fat, 1g of sugar, 21g of protein, and 3g of net carbs

    • Amber on March 1, 2014

      Hi Amber

      These Quest bars contain ingredients such as nuts that are not allowed on the Dukan Diet and they have a fat content of over 13%. Each bar contains between 160 and 210 calories and this is enough to slow down or even prevent you losing weight.

      Kind regards


      • Mary S on July 6, 2014

        I’ve used Quest bars, too (not while Dukan-ing) and have to admit they are tasty BUT you are absolutely right about too much fat. They are designed more for the low-carb-high-fat approach, which is NOT Dukan. They are also sweet enough to keep the sweet cravings alive, which none of us wants.

  • Menna Hany on February 20, 2014

    Hi amber,
    I want to ask about the diet sugar as splenda i heard that it has side effects and it makes it hard to lose weight is that true? 🙂 thank you

    • Amber on February 20, 2014

      Hi Menna

      There is a lot of conflicting information about most artificial sweeteners and I’m not qualified to make any judgement on them one way or the other. This is a decision you have to make yourself but I don’t think that having large amounts of any artificial sweetener does you any good as it is not teaching you to reduce your consumption of sweet foods. This can mean that when you stop dieting the artificial sweeteners are replaced with other sugars that are not so low in calories and this leads to weight gain.

      Kind regards


      • Menna Hany on February 21, 2014

        Thank you 🙂

      • Lyn on July 20, 2014

        Hi I would like to say that I use Stevia as a sugar substitute.Stevia is a natural plant, I work in a commercial seedling nursery and Stevia was a contract seedling we grew for a local University. I use Stevia all the time even when not dieting.

  • Isna on February 18, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    Now I am in the 2nd day of Attack phase. I wonder if “wakame” ( kind of vegetable from sea) is allowed to eat? I live in Japan, and there are al lot of wakame here. They said that wakame is high on protein.
    Thank you 🙂

    • Amber on February 18, 2014

      Hi Isna

      Wakame is a type of seaweed and it can be eaten as a vegetable in the Cruise Phase but from the information I’ve found isn’t very high in protein.

      Kind regards


  • Mary Conto on February 11, 2014

    I’ve a question regarding Fat Free Sour Cream. I’m on the 2nd day of Cruise, and have purchased “The Dukan Diet” as well as “The Dukan Diet Cookbook”. In the Diet book, it is listed as one of the allowable foods, yet in the Cookbook it is listed as allowable as well as on the “Tolerated Foods” list. Might you enlighted us as to how to treat this food item? Thanks so much!

    • Amber on February 11, 2014

      Hi Mary

      Fat free sour cream is listed on the US listed on 100 allowed foods so can be used in the same way as the other dairy proteins as this link to the official Dukan Diet site shows. FF sour cream isn’t on the UK list and as a tolerated item you are also allowed as a tolerated item one tablespoon of fat free cream of any sort.

      Best wishes



  • dee on January 26, 2014

    i wanted to ask a question does anyone know wich dukan diet we start because theres different sites that show different dukan diets there’s different kinds of ones.

    • Amber on January 26, 2014

      Hi Dee

      The underlying principles should be the same whatever version of the diet you use but you are going to need to be a little specific with your question for me to be able to answer it. Are you talking about the foods you can eat, whether you follow the vegetarian version or normal version or what rhythm you use in the Cruise Phase eg 1PP/1PV, 5PP/5PV or 2PP/5 sensible eating.

      Kind regards


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