What Else Can You Eat and Drink on the Attack Phase?

So you know that whilst on the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet you must eat 1 ½ tablespoons of oat bran and drink 1 ½ liters of water each day and that you are allowed to eat unlimited amounts of everything on the list of 72 permitted low fat, high protein foods except for egg yolks about which there is quite a bit of conflicting information.   Further information can be found in my post How Many Eggs Can You Eat on the Dukan Diet?

There are however some other additional foods and seasonings which you are allowed to use that help make following the Dukan Diet much easier and which allow you to add greater flavor to your food. You can use these additional foods and seasonings in all phases of the Dukan Diet.

  • Shirataki Noodles 
These can be eaten in unlimited quantities on any day of the Dukan Diet.
  • Pickled Onions, Onions and Garlic

On Pure Protein days or in the Attack Phase you are allowed to use small amounts of these foods in your recipes or as a garnish. This means that you could have a few small pieces of onion in your Beef Kebabs or you could have a little finely chopped onion in your Chicken Burger. It also means that you could have a few thinly sliced red onions and a gherkin on your steak or burger. Garlic can be used to flavor many dishes, added to Dukan Mayonnaise or a cut clove could be rubbed on a non-stick frying pan to flavor your steak. Using these foods does allow you at add a little crunch to your meals.

  • Oil and Olive Oil
This is a new addition to the Dukan Diet and 2 teaspoons were added as an allowed food from 25 November 2011 when Dr Dukan said in the UK online coaching chat
I have decided especially for Medittarrean people, who are used to cook with olive oil, to include in their diet two tea spoons of oil (rather rapeseed or olive one). And now, I have opened this new element to every other country. have a nice day.
But this was reduced a couple of weeks later to allow just one teaspoon of rapeseed or olive oil a day.
  • Tomatoes

This is a relatively new addition to the Dukan Diet and you can have one tablespoon of tinned chopped tomato or tomato paste(US)/ puree(UK) each day on PP days and in the Attack Phase.  A tablespoon of tomato paste/puree is packed full of flavor and goodness and can make a big taste difference to your meals

  • Wheat bran

The use of one tablespoon of wheat bran each day is optional but is very useful in helping to combat the possible effects of constipation.  In the online chat of 25 November 2011 Cathy on of the Dukan coaches said

……. wheat bran is optional in the dukan diet. However, you can have 1 Tbsp throughout the coaching….
  • Vinegar

Although vinegar is allowed during all phases of the diet it becomes a lot more useful on PV days when you can use it to make salad dressings.  All types of vinegar are allowed including balsamic vinegar but as balsamic vinegar is very sweet try not to have more than one or possibly two tablespoons a day.

  • Mustard

I find this to be a very handy addition as you can spread it on uncooked meat before grilling or cooking in the oven or you can also use it on hot or cold cooked meat. I like to spread my slices of beef with mustard when I’m eating beef with cottage cheese. It peps up what would otherwise be a meal a little lacking in taste.

  • Sugar free Natural Ketchup

This can be used in small quantities just like mustard or as you would normally use ketchup. You can also make small quantities of relish by adding finely chopped onions and gherkin.

  • Herbs and Spices

You can use any herb or spice in any phase of the diet. Indian curry spices are probably my favorites but I also like to add some finely chopped mint to yogurt to have as an accompaniment to my dishes in which I use curry spices. You can also use herbs and spices as a garnish. Spices also have a very important part to play in sweet dishes such as Oat Bran Ginger Biscuits, Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge or Cinnamon Oat Bran Muffins.

  • Lemon

You can use lemon slices or lemon juice to cook. Lemon is very useful in cooking oily fish and can also be with bay leaves. A small slice of lemon can also make a nice garnish on your plate.

  • Sweeteners

Aspartame was the only sweetener that could be used according to the UK Dukan Diet book but this is no longer the case and Stevia, Splenda(sucralose) and Xylitol are also allowed. If you would like a little more information you may like to read my post What Sweeteners Can You Use on the Dukan Diet

  •  Sugar free Chewing Gum

This can be chewed to freshen your mouth and breath and to stop you feeling hungry.

  • Drinks

You can drink skim milk and use this to make tea and coffee provided you use sweeteners. You can also use small quantities of reduced fat, non sugar added, cocoa powder to make the occasional Low Carb Creamy Hot Chocolate and can also drink diet sodas (any under 1 calorie per glass), green tea or herbal teas.

  • Goji Berries

If you visit www.mydukandietshop.co.uk you will find that Dr Dukan also allows you to have goji berries in all phases of the diet.

    • In the Attack Phase you are allowed one tablespoon a day.
    • In the Cruise Phase you are allowed one tablespoon a day on a Pure Protein (PP) day and two tablespoons a day on a Protein and Vegetable (PV) day.
    • In the Consolidation Phase the permitted amounts go up to three tablespoons a day.

However the coaches on www.dukandiet.co.uk have now just started to advise to treat the goji berries as a tolerated item.  In the online chat of 12 August 2011 “sonja” provided the following reply:

Hi Krisskossi and welcome to the chat! Goji berries are considered as a tolerated now but you can have these both on your PP and PV days…

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228 Responses to “What Else Can You Eat and Drink on the Attack Phase?”

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  • Marcy on June 25, 2014

    Hi, why are beans off limits in the attack phase if there is no sugar and they are made of all protein . I’m referring to Goya beans either black or cannellini. Thanks :)

    • Amber on June 25, 2014

      Hi Marcy

      Beans are not a high protein food and they contain a high level of carbohydrates due to the starch they contain.

      Kind regards


  • Jenny on June 9, 2014

    Hi Amber,
    I’ve just started the attack phase and I wanted to ask you if nonfat whipped cream is tolerated. I found one in whole foods, it has 10 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon. Is it OK to have a couple of tablespoons a day as a sweet? Thanks a lot!

    • Amber on June 10, 2014

      Hi Jenny

      What ingredients does this cream contain?

      Best wishes


      • Jenny on June 10, 2014

        So the product is called 365 Real Dairy Nonfat Whipped Topping and it says that it doesn’t have any added sugar.

        These are the actual ingredients stated on the bottle:

        Cream*, maltitol, maltodextrin**, whey protein concentrate, nonfat milk*, sorbitan monostearate (emulsifer), natural vanilla flavor, natural cream flavor, sodium citrate, polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), dextrose, carrageenan, nitrous oxide (whipping propellant). *adds a trivial amount of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol per serving **derived from corn

        And these are the nutrition facts per 2 tablespoons

        Calories 10
        Total Fat 0 g
        Saturated 0 g
        Polyunsaturated 0 g
        Total Carbs 1 g
        Monounsaturated 0 g
        Trans 0 g
        Dietary Fiber 0 g
        Potassium 0 mg
        Sodium 0 mg
        Sugars 0 g
        Protein 0 g
        Cholesterol 0 mg
        Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
        Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

        What’s your opinion? Thanks for looking into this:)

        Thanks again :)

        • Amber on June 11, 2014

          Hi Jenny

          It may not contain sugar but it contains sugars in the form of maltitol, maltodextrin and dextrose so it would not meet the sugar free rule.


          Kind regards


      • Rosie on July 7, 2014


        I have just started the diet today, i want to loose 2 1/2 stones can you tell me how many days do I do the attack?


        • Amber on July 9, 2014

          Hi Rosie

          I’d suggest a 5 day Attack phase.

          Kind regards


  • danny_chicago on June 7, 2014

    Hi, I have started dukan diet April 22nd and I have lost 30 lbs so far.i have three questions,
    1)I eat mixture of fat free Greek yogurt ,oat bran and goiji berries as a my breakfast , is it okay to eat goji berries like two table spoons a day ,
    2-)i always eat outside can’t cook at home,mostly I go whole foods store and buy their salad/ hot bar section. The Problem There Is Some Food Are Cooked and There Is oil in it. I try not to get oily/fatty parts,but still I am consuming oil which is not okay in dukan diet.
    3)usually I eat 2 times a day and yogurt or protein bar as a snack is there a problem with that?
    Thanks in advance have a great day.

    • Amber on June 8, 2014

      Hi Danny

      I’m not sure what you are asking. You aren’t following the Dukan Diet, you’ve taken elements that you are fitting in to your own plan. If it is working that is great but I can’t really help support you in this.

      Kind regards


  • Karen on June 5, 2014

    Can you eat sugar free jelly? think I read that somewhere ……..

    • Amber on June 5, 2014

      Hi Karen

      Yes you can have up to three servings a day on any phase of the diet.

      Best wishes


  • Emma on May 19, 2014

    Hello Amber

    Are nigella seeds allowed in the cruise phase? What about its oil? Can i take nigella seed oil (also called black seed oil)?
    I have been searching a lot online but couldn’t find an answer.
    Thank you so much in advance for your generous help.


    • Amber on May 19, 2014

      Hi Emma

      Seeds and nuts are not added until you have celebration meals in the Consolidation phase. It is not a good idea to use nutritional supplements based on oil as the Duksn is a low fat diet as well as a high protein, low carb one.



  • melissa on May 18, 2014

    Hi amber i also see that there is a limit which is fine for dairy but there is no limited stated to how much meat, poultry, seafood etc is allowed, is there a limited of some sort in one sitting or is it until you are full? Thanks

    • Amber on May 18, 2014

      Hi Melissa

      There is no limit on meat or other foods. You eat until you’ve had enough.

      Kind regards


  • melissa on May 18, 2014

    Hi Amber i have gone through most of the answers and questions. I know that some pork is allowed but is pork neck allowed? I also would like to know can you mix all proteins one meal in the attack phase eg: take beef stewing steak and roll some cottage cheese in the middle? What spices and herbs can be used in the cooking eg:chives. Thank you Melissa

    • Amber on May 18, 2014

      Hi Melissa

      Pork neck is a little too high in fat to be suitable. Yes you can mix protein foods in meals and you can use any herbs or spices in cooking.

      Best wishes


  • lynn on May 15, 2014


    Can you eat beef Jerky during the attack phase.

    • Amber on May 16, 2014

      Hi Lynn

      Unless you make your own you need to look at the ingredients very carefully as store bought jerky often contains ingredients such as sugar that is not permitted but if the jerky only contains allowed ingredients it can be eaten on the Attack phase.

      Kind regards


  • Cassandra on May 15, 2014

    Hi, I just started the Dukan diet. I am on day 2. What is the rule for using a small amount of relish?

    • Amber on May 16, 2014

      Hi Cassandra

      You are allowed to use a small amount of dill pickle/pickled cucumber that has no sugar in the pickling solution as a relish on PP or Attack days.

      Kind regards


  • Michelle on April 29, 2014

    Can pickled cabbage be eaten during the attack phase of the diet?

    • Amber on April 29, 2014

      Hi Michelle

      Cabbage isn’t added until the Cruise phase.

      Kind regards


  • Tatiana on April 21, 2014

    I am on Cruise phase of Dukan diet and would like to know if I could eat hemp hearts seeds?
    Couldn’t find any information on Internet unfortunately (
    Thank a lot!!

    • Amber on April 22, 2014

      Hi Tatiana

      These seeds look to be very high in fat and calories so I would say the answer is no.

      Kind regards


  • Tracey Mawby on April 8, 2014


    Could you please confirm whether I can use tabasco sauce on the attack stage? Also, I enjoy a marinade which is made up of worcester sauce, low sodium soya sauce and tomato puree with a few chilis and garlic, would this be ok?


    • Amber on April 8, 2014

      Hi Tracey

      You can use tabasco sauce provided it only contains allowed ingredients. TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce contains distilled vinegar, red pepper and salt so is fine to use but TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce contains chipotle pepper, distilled vinegar, water, salt, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, natural flavor, TABASCO® brand Pepper Pulp (distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt) so is not suitable.

      Worcestershire sauce contains sugar and molasses so should not be used but I know quite a lot of people who have overlooked this choosing to continue using it to flavor their meals.

      Kind regards


  • Veronica on March 31, 2014

    Can you have jalapenos in the attack phase?

    • Amber on March 31, 2014

      Hi Veronica

      You can use small amounts to add flavor in your cooking in the Attack Phase.

      Kind regards


  • Nic on March 17, 2014

    Can energy drinks such as monster be drank? I do not drink coffee and while I am trying to get rid of energy drinks I am trying to drop some weight and not sure I can do both at the same time. Lo carb monster has very little sugars and carbs.

    • Amber on March 17, 2014

      Hi Nic

      The only diet sodas of any type that are allowed are those with one calorie per serving. The lo carb Monster doesn’t fit this criteria. Have you thought about using caffeine tablets?

      Kind regards


  • Bonggie on March 8, 2014

    Hi again, Amber …

    I have another question. I am now on the Cruise Phase, my 4th day, alternating to 1PP then 1 PV.
    My question is, being in the Cruise Phase it will take me to my “true weight,” desired weight. I just want to know, now that I’m on Cruise Phase, if my weight stays stagnant while on the Cruise, can I go back to the Attack Phase 3 or even 5 days, then go back at Cruise Phase? I thought I read it somewhere that this is allowed. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Amber on March 9, 2014

      Hi Bonggie

      The Attack Phase shouldn’t be repeated as it is too restrictive nutritionally it is not designed to be used again and again.

      Kind regards


  • Bonggie on March 4, 2014

    Can I have Nonfat latte sugar free from Starbucks on the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet?

    • Amber on March 4, 2014

      Hi Bonggie

      Yes you can but don’t forget the recommended 1 kg limit for milk and dairy products.

      Best wishes


  • alison on January 8, 2014

    Are the Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurts ok to eat in unlimited quantities during the attack phase? Thnx!

    • Amber on January 8, 2014

      Hi Alison

      The book allows unlimited dairy protein which would include these yogurts but the paid coached version of the diet recommends a daily limit of 1 kg of dairy proteins from all sources. I’d recommend trying to stick to the 1 kg limit. http://thedukandietsite.com/2126/how-much-dairy-can-you-have-on-the-dukan-diet/.

      Best wishes


      • MaLinda Hill on February 6, 2014

        How many grams of dairy are allowed then? All of the yogurts I’ve looked at are in grams measurement like the Dannon Light and Fit = 170 grams

        • Amber on February 6, 2014

          Hi Malinda

          You are allowed up to 1 kg (1000 g ) per day. For items in ml such as milk treat 1 ml as 1 g.

          Kind regards


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