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



16 Responses to “Can I Eat Onions, Pickled Onions and Garlic in Attack Phase?”

  • Tamar on May 21, 2017

    Hello can I use few garlic gloves per day when I have vegetables?

    • Amber on May 23, 2017

      Hi Tamar

      Garlic is a herb/seasoning so can be used to flavour food on any day in the Dukan. It could be eaten as a vegetable on PV days.



  • Sara on June 10, 2014

    Hi there,
    Wow – what a brilliant website! So informative and easy to use. Thank you and well done!

    Quick question – I’m in the UK and never heard on Wheat Bran? Is it the same as Oat Bran which you have a daily allowance for. I’m currently on the attack phase and wondered if there’s a difference between these two things.


  • jenny smith on April 6, 2014

    So in the attack phase can make dukan bread to go with some chicken?

    • Amber on April 6, 2014

      Hi Jenny

      Yes you can have Dukan Bread in the Attack phase to go with chicken or perhaps a home made beefburger.

      Best wishes


  • kathy on June 4, 2013

    can you eat pickles slices?

    • Amber on June 4, 2013

      Hi Kathy

      Yes you can have a small amount of sliced pickle.

      Kind regards


  • Janette on March 28, 2013

    When can I drink alcohol what is best wine or spirts. Thank you

    • Amber on March 28, 2013

      Hi Janette

      Alcohol isn’t allowed in the weight loss phases of the Dukan Diet. You are allowed 1 glass of wine with your Celebration meals when you reach Consolidation and can drink freely in Stabilisation apart from on Dukan Thursday.

      Kind regards


  • indrabeauty on January 8, 2012

    hello amber, me and my husband are about to start the attack phase next week.
    I have noticed on this post that we are allowed goji berries if we are needing extra fibre in our diets.
    is it possible to use dried goji berries? I Live in the uk and they dont come fresh. Also is is possible to mix the dried berries into some yogurt for breakfast?

    Kind regards

    • Amber on January 8, 2012

      Hi indrabeauty

      Yes you can use dried goji berries and mix them with your yogurt for breakfast. If you are looking for additional fibre you can also have a tablespoon of wheat bran each day.

      Good luck to you both.


  • Laura on September 12, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    I noticed you mentioned rhubarb in this post, does that mean it can be eaten throughout the Dukan diet, or is it restricted to certain phases?


    • Amber on September 12, 2011

      Hi Laura

      Rhubarb is a tolerated item which can be eaten in the Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilisation Phases. It can be eaten in the Attack Phase if you are suffering with constipation. For more information on tolerated items you could read my post Dukan Diet Tolerated Foods

      Best wishes


  • mrshickey on August 31, 2011

    this may sound like a silly question, but does this include spring onion? and can i use ginger?

    • Amber on August 31, 2011

      Hi mrshickey,

      Yes you can use spring onions (or scallions in US) and ginger.

      Best wishes


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