Girl Scouts and Cookies. An inseparable American duo. Chances are if you haven’t already bought some, you will be asked to soon by your daughter or your friends’ daughter, or the neighbor’s daughter.
Here’s the thing: Girl Scout cookies are a tradition that needs to get healthier or get gone. We’re not talking about the high amount of sugar or butter – those are to be expected in cookies – it’s the quality of ingredients that are of concern:
sugar, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable shortening (palm oil, hydrogenated coconut and soybean oils, and partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar), high fructose corn syrup, contains less than 2% of: sorbitol, dextrose, cocoa (processed with alkali), whey, glycerine, salt, leavening (baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors.
These Caramel deLites cookies, aka Samoas, are the worst of the bunch – graded D+ on Fooducate:
But let’s not disappoint the neighbors kids, your kids and your co-workers. There are Girl Scout cookies which manage to get a better grade – C+:
enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin b1), riboflavin (vitamin b2), folic acid), vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil), sugar, contains two percent of less of brown sugar (sugar, molasses), sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), dried buttermilk, salt, natural and artificial flavor, baking soda, soy lecithin.
Fooducate’s Girl Scout Cookie Advice:
- Don’t feel guilty, no matter how you deal with Girl Scout cookies. Whether you refuse to buy them or make it a small indulgence, it’s YOUR choice. Don’t feel bullied into buying or not buying. Or selling or not for that matter.
- If you do buy cookies, skip the Samoas and go for the Trefoils. Partially hydrogenated oil (trans fats) isn’t something to be had in “moderation” or on occasion.
- Instead of buying cookies, consider donating money directly to your local chapter. Only 10-20% of the cookie purchase price goes to the Girl Scout troop. You can give an outright donation or donate for a specific activity.