Last time I visited my parents in France I noticed some Dukan products in the supermarket and I decided to give them a try. These are the same products that are available in the official Dukan webshop.
First product was a package of Dukan oat bran pancakes.
These pancakes taste like the traditional “Dukan pancakes” that Dukan dieters are used to make (by mixing one egg, one tablespoon of fat free Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of oat bran and 2 tablespoons of wheat bran together). They’re definitely “filling food” that are going to tame your appetite. However, they contain additional sodium (to make them taste less bland I guess) which I find totally unnecessary, particularly if you’re on a diet.
Despite the fact that these pancakes might come very handy in case you’re in a rush and have no time to make your own, I don’t think they aren’t worth buying regularly because they are very expensive: 4.45 euro for only 4 pancakes.
The second product I bought was 2 packages of Dukan biscuits. I tried one package with hazelnut flavor, and one package with coconut flavor.
These biscuits are sweetened with maltitol and contain 65% oat bran. The other ingredients are acacia fiber, dry skim milk and vegetable oils. They look and taste like wholegrain digestive biscuits and are very comforting to dip in a cup of tea. Actually, these biscuits are so dry and crunchy that they’re a bit difficult to eat without drinking anything along with them :)
Both artificial flavors (coconut and hazelnut) don’t taste artificial at all. A disadvantage of using these biscuits as “tea dunking biscuits” may be that portion control (only 3 biscuits per portion, 129 kcl) may be difficult. I find that when I eat something with maltitol as a sweetener I always end up eating more than I should.
According to me, these biscuits are the best product of the Dukan line of products because of the high oat bran content. However, they are also very expensive: 4 euro per package.
The last product I tried was the Dukan cereal bar called “Dukatine”. They were available in two flavor: a neutral flavor and hazelnut & chocolate.
Those bars seem to be full of the artificial sweetener maltitol because it is the second ingredient listed in the ingredient list just after oat bran which account for 50% of the product. The chocolate hazelnut flavor bar tastes almost like a traditional cereal bar. But again, maltitol doesn’t help curb your cravings and just makes you want another bar. One package costs about 4 euro.
In conclusion, the Dukan line of products is interesting for people looking for low-calorie biscuits or cereal bars but everything is also quite expensive. Furthermore I think that the quantity of maltitol used in these products is a bit high for daily consumption.