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

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  • Colleen on January 12, 2018

    Hi Amber, can I have pickled ginger in the attack phase?

    • Amber on January 13, 2018

      Hi Colleen

      You will need to wait until Cruise and your PV days. Look for one that has no added sugar.

      Best wishes


  • Yasemin on January 9, 2018

    I struggle during the attack phase as I am both cow’s milk and wheat/yeast intolerant. Therefore, I can’t have yoghurt, milk and oat bran also balloons my stomach up as it has wheat in it. Are there any alternatives?

    I have read on here that soya milk and plain soy yoghurt are ok. Can I have the same quantity of soy yoghurt as others can with cow’s milk yoghurt?

    Final question – can I drink sugar free squash/cordial/dilute?

    Any help is appreciated!


    • Amber on January 11, 2018

      Hi Yasemin

      You can get gluten free oat bran that might not be so much of a problem for you. Other than that don’t worry oat bran isn’t a deal breaker you just leave it out.

      Yes you can use soy milk and yogurt but as these products are higher in carbs the limit is 850 g rather tham 1000 g.

      Sugar free cordial are not allowed unless the diluted drink has 1 calorie or less per serving.

      Kind regards


  • Daria on January 5, 2018

    Why are vegetables such as cucumber and lettuce not allowed in the PP since they contain no calories ?

    • Amber on January 8, 2018

      Hi Daria

      Vegetables encourage water retention while protein is diuretic. Including these foods would reduce the impact of the Attack phase and PP days.

      Best wishes


  • Dave on December 14, 2017

    Can I have sliced cucumber in water to drink if I don’t eat the cucumber?

    • Amber on December 20, 2017

      Hi Dave

      That would be fine.

      Best wishes


  • Hanieh on October 30, 2017

    Hello Amber,

    Can I take IMEDEEN vitamin supplement on attack and cruise phases since It has grape seed extract?


    • Amber on November 4, 2017

      Hi Hanieh

      Small quantieis of grape seed extract won’t be a problem:)



  • Victoria on October 27, 2017

    Can I drink zero sugar cordial?

    • Amber on October 29, 2017

      Hi Victoria

      Cordials often have fructose from fruit. For a drink to be suitable a serving should have 1 calorie per serving.



  • Sarah on October 27, 2017

    Can I have this while on dukan attack phase ?

    Green tea x50

    • Amber on October 29, 2017

      Hi Sarah

      Yes you can have green tea:)



  • sany on October 25, 2017

    hiw much will i loss in a month if i strictly follow through the phases

    • Amber on October 29, 2017

      Hi Sany

      You can’t guarantee weight loss. Hopefully you will average a minimum of 2 pounds a week.



  • Cheo on October 17, 2017

    Can I eat green olive in the attack phase?

    • Amber on October 22, 2017

      Sorry Cheo no olives in the weight loss phases are allowed.



  • Tula on September 25, 2017

    Hi Amber

    I boiled my chicken with spices and onions, could you please tell me if I am allowed to have a little of the soup with pieces of the chicken in it.

    Thank you

    • Amber on September 25, 2017

      Hi Tula

      If you cooked the chicken with skin on let the broth cool and discard any fat. Other that it is fine to eat.

      Best wishes


  • Shabaka on September 21, 2017

    Can I drink apple juice in all phases?? Also can I have one fruit a day in the first 2 phases??

    • Amber on September 23, 2017

      Hi Shabaka

      Apple juice or any fruit juice isn’t allowed nor is any fruit. However you can juice vegetables on PV days in Cruise.

      Kind regards


  • Vanessa on September 20, 2017

    Hi can I have whole grain mustard during Attack phase?

    • Amber on September 21, 2017

      Hi Vanessa

      Mustard made with mustard powder would be a better choice but a teaspoon here and there would be ok.

      Best wishes


  • Vanessa on September 20, 2017

    Can I have fish roe during the Attack phase of the diet?

    • Amber on September 21, 2017

      Hi Vanessa

      Yes you can.



  • Nicole on August 11, 2017

    Hi Amber
    I find your website very useful and thank you for putting all this info out.
    I am just wondering can we have chicken gizzards on the Dukan diet? And Is it okey to eat boneless skinless all fat trimmed chicken thighs
    Thank you

    • Amber on August 13, 2017

      Hi Nicole

      Both are fine to enjoy:)

      Best wishes


  • Jessica on August 5, 2017

    Can you have A1 sauce during any phase of Dukan?

    • Amber on August 6, 2017

      Hi Jessica

      A1 sauce has added Corn Fructose Syrup and other ingredients that are not permitted so it is not suitable until your Celebration meals in Consolidation.

      Best wishes


  • Arooj on July 15, 2017

    Can i have lemon/lime/mint in my drinking water?

    • Amber on July 18, 2017

      Hi Arooj

      Mint is fine. Lemon and lime are not approved for use in drink however I have always had slices of lemon or lime in my water but I ndon’t eat them. Another good addition to water is slices of cucumber. One PV days you could eat the slices of cucumber too.

      Kind regards


  • Kenneth on June 25, 2017

    Can I take garcinia Cambodia tablets while on attack phase or on the diet at all?

    • Amber on June 29, 2017

      Hi Kenneth

      I can’t see why not:)

      Best wishes


  • efi on May 26, 2017

    can i eat lettuce on the attack phase?

    • Amber on June 3, 2017

      Hi efi

      Sorry no.

      Kind regards


  • Alex on May 23, 2017

    Hi Amber
    Which balsamic vinegar can I use ? Is any type of balsamic not aloud ?
    Thank you so much in advance !!

    • Amber on May 23, 2017

      Hi Alex

      You can use any balsamic vinegar of your choice but I say have a maximum of 2 tablespoons a day.

      Kind regards


      • Natalie on May 26, 2017

        Hi amber

        does that include balsamic glaze??


        • Amber on June 3, 2017

          Hi Natalie

          No – it is not just vinegar and it contains very high levels of sugar/carbs.



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