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Girl Scout Cookie Nutrition Facts

girl scoutVery soon, your doorbell is likely to ring. On the other side of that door is a cute, likable, do-gooder little girl who wants nothing more than to sabotage your diet. She doesn’t know that’s what she’s doing, she just wants a free pass to summer camp.

There’s no denying Thin Mints are one of the tastiest cookies ever created. They account for 25 percent of the Girl Scouts’ total sales each year. The Lemonades are sweet and refreshing and there is something so comfortable about the Peanut Butter Sandwiches. No matter which $3.50 box you buy, the nutrition facts and ingredients are the last thing those little sweethearts of cookie entrepreneurship want you to see.

So here’s the truth: it’s not nearly as cute as those girls’ pigtails.

girl scout cookiesThin Mints and Peanut Butter Sandwiches lead the charge on calories – a serving of each has 160 calories (that’s about three cookies). Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties have the most fat with 8 grams in a serving. The Caramel DeLites have more sugar than any other cookie, with 13 grams per serving. All of the cookies have sodium, little-to-no protein and no fiber.

While the ingredients for each cookie flavor vary, they are fairly similar throughout and nearly all raise red flags. What you can expect to chew with each crunchy bite:
- Enriched Flour
- Sugar
- Vegetable Shortening
- Partially Hydrogenated Oil (trans-fat)
- Corn Syrup and/or High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Artificial Colors and Flavors

The Girl Scouts probably offer plenty of ways to make a donation and support their worthwhile organization, without filling up on their nutritionally-void cookies.

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Healthy Tips for Enjoying Girl Scout Cookies

January 26th, 2009

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Erin

you can donate through the girls so they still get the achievment, and they take care of shipping them over seas or bringing them to a pantry

posted May 3rd, 2012 4:59 pm


Leanne

Another fact to note: the nutrition facts on these cookies all say 0 grams of trans fats per serving, but the FDA allows manufacturers to say 0 grams if there is less than 1/2 gram per serving. Eat more than one (eeny, weeny) serving and you are getting trans fats. Very deceptive!

I'm stuck, though... my friends' kids are selling these and I want to support them. I'm thinking about buying them and taking them down to the shelter. What do you think?

posted Jan 25th, 2010 6:59 pm



   
 

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