Can I Eat Pork in Attack & Cruise Phases of the Dukan Diet?

If you’ve read the post immediately prior to this one – Are there 68 or 72 Pure Protein Foods on the Dukan Diet? you will have found that lean center-cut pork chops, pork tenderloin and pork loin roast are on the list of allowed foods in the US but that they don’t make it on to the UK list.   Does this mean that you can’t have pork in the UK – well not if you are careful in choosing the pork that you will be enjoying.


To explain in the UK there are several different cuts of pork and the fat content ranges from a very acceptable 1.3% to well over 25%.  To demonstrate I’ve taken the the nutritional information for various pork products from Tesco.com and listed them below with their fat content.

  • Pork Medallion Loin Steaks 400 g  have 1.3 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Stir Fry 500 g has 2.4 g of fat per 100 g
  • Fresh Diced Pork Topside 500 g has 2.4 g of fat per 100 g
  •  Pork Fillet has 2.6 g of fat per 100 g
  • Extra Lean Pork Mince 500 g  has 4.7 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Shoulder Steaks 700 g have 10.4 g of fat per 100 g
  • Lean Pork Mince 750 g  has 10.9 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Mince 850 g has 14.2 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Steaks 1 kg have 16.1 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Loin Steaks 600 g have 16.1 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Chops 2 Pack have 21.7 g of fat per 100 g
  • Pork Ribs 700 g have 22.5 g of fat per 100 g
  • Everyday Pork Shoulder Joint has 23.6 g of fat per 100 g
  • Everyday Value Pork Belly Slices have 26.3 g of fat per 100 g

Pork steak

The first five of the pork products listed above have less than 10% fat content and would be fine to enjoy in the Attack and Cruise Phases of the Dukan Diet.   The next two two are just the wrong side of 10% so should only be eaten as a last resort but all others should not be eaten at all.

I’ll be looking to add some suitable pork recipes to the site in the next couple of weeks such as Grilled Medallion Loin Steaks Marinated in Spicy Soy Sauce so you might want to keep checking back!

6 Responses to “Can I Eat Pork in Attack & Cruise Phases of the Dukan Diet?”

  • Courtney on June 24, 2015

    Hey Amber thank you for your quick response, I have been Keeping away from all the bad stuff and sticking to plain protein and have used herbs to make my food more desirable. I hated the oatbran at first but it is so quick to make as a porridge and so filling that I have just learnt to like it although my flat mate thinks it smells gross! I came across these protein cookies in the supermarket next to the Atkins range 🙂 now I don’t have high hopes but as protein shakes don’t hinder weight loss on this diet I though perhaps a protein cookie wouldn’t either, here’s the math :

    Justines Complete Protein CookiesSupplement Facts

    Chocolate Chip Flavour
    Serving Size: 1 cookies
    Servings Per Container: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    Energy 1020kj –
    Protein 16.6g –

    Fat – Total 13.8g –
    – Saturated 5.5g –
    Trans 0.0g –
    Polyunsaturated 2.3g –
    Omega 6 1550mg –
    Monounsaturated 6.4g –
    Carbohydrate 1.0g –
    Sugars 0.7g –
    Polydextrose 6.1g –
    Dietary Fibre 7.3g –
    Sodium 202mg –
    Potassium 132mg –
    Magnesium 39.5mg –
    Calcium 226mg –
    Phosphorus 208mg –
    Iron 2.1mg –
    Zinc 0.9mg –
    Sugar Alcohols 15.6g –
    Erythritol 6.5g –
    Gluten 0.0mg –
    Other Ingredients

    NZ Milk Protein (Calcium Caseinate), Almonds, Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Protein Compound Chips (Maltitol, Vegetable Oil, Cocoa Powder, Soy Protein Isolate, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Milk Fat, Natural Vanilla Flavour), Erythritol, Egg, Vegan Butter Replacer (Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Antioxidant (307), Natural Flavour, Citric Acid), Polydextrose, Vegetable Glycerine, Emulsifier (Soy
    Lecithin),Natural Flavours, Baking Powder (Contains Baking Powder (Raising Agents 450, 500)), Sea Salt.
    Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Tree Nuts.

    What do you think?

    Thank you for responding to all my questions !

    • Amber on June 28, 2015

      Hi Courtney

      It’s a definite no there are so many ingredients that aren’t allowed – nuts, fats. oil, sugars, cocoa powder.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Courtney on June 19, 2015

    Hi 🙂 I’m new to the diet and in day 3 of the attack phase, I need to loose 20kgs and am already sick of what I’ve been eating… Most of all the oatbran! Would you say any of the below products are acceptable? So far I’ve been munching on my steak and salmon and hoki all very plain and I feel like I’m missing out on real food

    TURKEY SLICES TEGEL
    Nutritional Information

    Ingredients
    Turkey (78%), Water, Salt, Maltodextrin, Honey (1.2%), Mineral Salts (451, 450, 452, 508), Sugar, Modified Starch (1412), Thickener (407), Modified Tapioca Starch, Preservative (223), Colour (160b).

    Allergens
    Sodium Metabisulphite (223). Whilst considerable care is taken this product may contain traces of wheat, milk and soy products.

    Servings per pack: 2
    Serving size: 50g Average Quantity per serving Average Quantity per 100g
    Energy 212kj 423kj
    Protein 9.7g 19.3g
    Fat – Total <1g <1g
    Fat – Saturated <1g <1g
    Carbohydrate – Total 2g 3.9g
    Carbohydrate – Sugars <1g 1.6g
    Sodium 360mg 720mg

    SMOKED CHICKEN TEGEL
    Nutritional Information

    Ingredients
    Chicken (96%), Mineral Salts (451, 450, 452, 500), Salt, Sugar, Thickener (407), Antioxidant (316)

    Servings per pack: 2
    Serving size: 150 grams Average Quantity per serving (150g) Average Quantity per 100g
    Energy 729kJ 486kJ
    Protein 29.2g 19.5g
    Fat – Total 5.9g 3.9g
    Fat – Saturated 2.0g 1.3g
    Carbohydrate – Total Less than 1g Less than 1g
    Carbohydrate – Sugars Less than 1g Less than 1g
    Sodium 1,050mg 700mg

    SMOKED CHICKEN BACON TEGEL
    Nutritional Information

    Ingredients
    Note: Nutritional information is based on original 200g Chicken Bacon Chicken (72%), water, salt, dextrose, mineral salts (450,451), thickener (407), flavours, hydrolysed soy protein, flavour enhancers (631,627), spice extract, smoke, colour (150c), preservative (250).

    Allergens
    Soy protein

    Servings per pack: 3
    Serving size: 3 Slices (61g) Average Quantity per serving Average Quantity per 100g
    Energy 254 kJ 416 kJ
    Protein 8.5g 14.0 g
    Fat – Total 2.6g 4.3 g
    Fat – Saturated less than 1 gram 1.4 g
    Carbohydrate – Total 1.0g 1.7 g
    Carbohydrate – Sugars less than 1 gram 1.1 g
    Sodium 744 mg 1220 mg

    • Amber on June 19, 2015

      Hi Courtney

      The foods you’ve asked about have added ingredients that aren’t allowed, dextrose, sugar, honey, maltodextrin, tapioca starch and so on.

      Is there any reason why you can’t use Tegel Thin Cut – Plain Chicken, Tegel Whole Bagged Chickens, Tegel Lean & Lite Premium Mince Chicken as these are much more suitable and could be used to make a wide range of dishes.

      If you are really struggling with the oat bran just leave it out.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Jill C on July 16, 2014

    Hi, I am new to the Dukan diet and was wondering if I can use aersol olive oil or Pam type cooking spray to use in cooking pans? Esp with the meat portion at present. Thanks.

    • Amber on July 16, 2014

      Hi Jill

      You can use olive oil in an aerosol but you need to be careful not to have more than one teaspoon.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

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