The Dukan Diet – Two Versions of the Same Diet
Things have become very confusing as it is now apparent that Dr Dukan has written a different version of his Diet for the North American Market. I’ve copied below an extract taken from the FAQ section of the official US site www.dukandiet.com which explains that US edition is different from the ROW (Rest of the World) version yet the same!
The diet is the same. The list of 100 foods has changed to 67 proteins, 32 vegetables and sugar-free gelatin, to reflect American and Canadian tastes, and the availability of the foods.
We’ve added more information for vegetarians, with recommendations of plant proteins that meet the standards of the diet.”
One of the many Dukan Diet forums http://forum.dukaners.com has picked up on these differences and at the moment the feeling is that perhaps the changes introduced are not for the better. A new forum member ‘viva’ from New York posted on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 2:53 am, advising that:
As far as the MorningStar products go, Dr. Dukan mentions the following regarding Soy and Vegetable burgers on page 50 of the American version of the Dukan Diet book – “From Boca, choose Boca Grilled Vegetable, Boca All American Flame Grilled, Boca Original Vegan or From MorningStar Farms, choose MorningStar Farms Classic Burger made with Organic Soy or MorningStar Farms Grillers.” Hope that helps!“
It does feel to me that by increasing the types of plant proteins allowed, to include these vegetarian processed foods, Dr Dukan has moved a little too far. This is of course a personal view, as I consider that it is our over dependence on highly processed foods, that has given rise to the obesity epedemic in the first place. There have been other changes in the past, introduced by Dr Dukan, such as the addition of goji berries and brewer’s yeast which I have taken on board, as I considered that they helped improve the nutritional content of the diet.
As I discover more about the differences in the two versions I will of course be posting more details and personally picking and choosing which of the new bits I will use. If the US version has some different, low starch, vegetables that I like, I will probably add these to my list.
I like the Dukan Diet because it has provided me with the structure that allows me to have a diet which is:
- high in protein
- low in fat
- low in carbohydrates
- low in cholesterol
I try to eat as wide a variety of different foods as I can, whilst still enjoying my food, to maximise the nutritional content my body gets and on PP days, I also try to ensure that I include any type of permitted or tolerated food that includes dietary fiber to keep me regular!