Can I Eat Onions, Pickled Onions and Garlic in Attack Phase?
Many People are searching the Internet to find out whether they can eat onions, pickled onions and garlic in the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet. I think this confusion arises because onions and garlic are vegetables and the Attack Phase is explained as being a protein only stage of the diet yet many recipes for the Attack Phase use onions and/or garlic.
Although the Attack Phase does allow you to eat, with a couple of exceptions, unlimited amounts of 72 low fat, high protein foods there are also some additional foods or seasonings that you can eat as well as tolerated foods that you can eat in small quantities. You can in fact eat onions and garlic on any day on any phase of the Dukan Diet but in the Attack Phase and on the Pure Protein (PP) days of the other phases you must limit the amounts so that you have them more as a garnish or use them as a subsiduary ingredient in a dish rather than as a vegetable side dish. You can have a clove or two of garlic and half a medium size onion (approximately 50 grams) on these days. Pickled onions, pickled in plain or seasoned vinegar are also fine, but watch out for those that contain sugar in the vinegar and gives these a miss. This means that you can add a small amount of onion to your burgers or on to your kebabs for example, or have a few rings of raw, red onion on your burger or steak.
Just like rhubarb and goji berries, I would recommend using a small daily amount of onion as often as you can, because of the many vitamins and minerals onions provide. Onions are rich in folic acid, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium and vitamins A, B and C. They are also anti-septic and anti-bacterial as well as being high in fiber. Onions may help:
- Reduce your blood pressure, thin and remove unhealthy fats from your blood
- Prevent colon cancer
- Reduce fluid retention
- Control diabetes
- Boost your immune system