Benefits of Oat Bran on the Dukan Diet

How Much Oat Bran to Eat in the Phases of the Dukan Diet

A daily serving of oat bran is a key ingredient in all four phases of the Dukan Diet and you gradually increase the amount of your daily serving as you progress through the phases as follows:

  • Attack Phase – 1.5 tablespoons a day
  • Cruise Phase – 2.0 tablespoons a day
  • Consolidation Phase – 2.5 tablespoons a day
  • Stabilisation Phase – 3.0 tablespoons a day

Why is Oat Bran Part of the Dukan Diet

Oat bran is an important part of the Dukan program because it is high in a soluble fiber called beta-D-glucan.   This high soluble fiber content makes oat bran the dieter’s friend as it not only helps combat constipation, it also makes you feel full and satisfied and can prevent the absorption of up to 10% of the fat that you eat.

Eating oat bran on a regular basis is also likely to meet with the approval of your doctor as research has shown that the regular consumption of oat bran can lower cholesterol, even out the fluctuations in blood sugar levels and may also help prevent some forms of cancer.  The inclusion of high fiber foods in your diet such as oat bran is recommended by the American Heart Association.

More Information About Oat Bran

The bran of any grain is the outer husk and this outer husk is often discarded during processing.  As well as containing most of the dietary fiber of the oat grain, oat bran also has low levels of sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol and is a good source of iron and some minerals.

Oat bran must be stored in a cool dry place and because of the small amount of healthy fat content it has it does not have a long shelf life.  To overcome this problem it can be stored in the freezer thereby extending the time period over which the oat bran can be used.

Eating Oat Bran on the Dukan Diet

If you are looking for ideas on how to incorporate oat bran in to your diet you might like to read my post How Can I Eat Oat Bran on the Dukan Diet, which gives 10 ideas and suggestions for eating oat bran with links to recipes.

If you are a celiac or gluten intolerant you may be concerned that you are unable to eat this key ingredient but oat bran can now be purchased gluten-free. (There is a gluten-free version from Legacy Valley shown in the carousel below.)

7 Responses to “Benefits of Oat Bran on the Dukan Diet”

  • Radwa on April 24, 2015

    I found cereal that is 11% oat bran and 60% bran. Is it ok to have a handful? I can’t find any oat bran.

    • Amber on May 4, 2015

      Hi Radwa

      If you can’t find oat bran just leave it out.

      Kind regards


  • maria on August 27, 2013

    I have celiac disease and I live currently in Barcelona . I can not find gluten free oat brand. I would like to know what would be a good substitute.

    • Amber on August 27, 2013

      Hi Maria

      There is no alternative to oat bran but this will not prevent you from being able to follow the Dukan Diet, as for many years the Dukan Diet did not contain oat bran and it still worked.

      Kind regards


  • Cindy on June 19, 2013

    With being on the Dukan Diet I have realized that I have a big problem with gluten. My question involves replacing wheat products with gluten-free products. Is rice bran permitted as a replacement for wheat bran in recipes? What is a suggested substitution for whole grain bread? The bread I was eating had whole wheat, rye and barley as its first ingredients and they are all the grains that have gluten. I am so thankful that not only has the Dukan Diet help me get back to my original comfortable weight but also helped me find the “real” cause of my past stomach problems. The first 2 phases made me feel great, but when I introduced wheat products back in to my diet, my stomach started to have problems again that I didn’t have the whole time I was on the Attack and Cruise Phases. Thank you so much for your help in finding a suitable alternative to wheat, rye and barley.

    • Amber on June 19, 2013

      Hi Cindy

      Make the closest swaps you can to replace the foods that don’t agree with you. You can buy gluten free breads so go for the one with the highest fiber content. Try the rice bran in the recipes and see how it works out.

      I’m so glad that the Dukan Diet has helped you lose weight and find out about your gluten intolerance.

      Best wishes


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