Very 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.
Thin 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
- 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.
January 26th, 2009