Who Doesn’t Love Girl Scout Cookies?
From delicate and crisp Thin Mints… to caramel-chewy Samoas… chocolate-dipped peanut butter shortbread Tagalongs… the home-style oatmeal-peanut-butter sandwich Do-Si-Dos… and the lemony Savannah Smiles, nostalgic Girl Scout Cookies are an all-American tradition.
Unfortunately, Girl Scout Cookies are among the WORST packaged foods you can eat.
Despite the FDAs recent (and much overdue) determination that trans fats no longer fall in the agency’s “generally recognized as safe” category, no date for the complete phase-out has been set. That means that most of the Girl Scout Cookies you’ll find this season – including the three top-selling cookies – Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs – still contain disease-causing trans fat.
If you weren’t already avoiding Girl Scout Cookies for the gluten and sugar, trans fats are definitely a reason to say “No thanks!”.
But what’s so bad about trans fats anyway?
Girl Scout Cookies: The Dangers of Trans Fats (and How Labels Can Lie!)
Trans fats have long been known to promote high levels of inflammation in the body, hamper metabolism, increase weight gain and contribute to:
- Heart disease
- Metabolic syndrome
You might be thinking that you have to eat a LOT of trans fat to cause these effects in your body. But nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, the Institute of Medicine states that there is NO safe level of trans fats in the diet.
Despite Girl Scout Cookies carrying a “0 grams trans fat” badge since 2007, the three most popular cookies sold by the troops — still contain partially hydrogenated oils as their second and third ingredients.
But how can the label state “O grams”… yet still contain hydrogenated fats?
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration began allowing products to be marked “0 grams trans fat” as long as the amount per serving was below 0.5 grams of trans fat.
But consider this. A serving of Samoas is two cookies. Eating eight cookies would equate to almost 2 grams of trans fats — a substance both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science says cannot be safely consumed in ANY amount.
While the Girl Scouts nor its two bakers (including Kellogg-owned Little Brownie Bakers ) won’t reveal exactly how much trans fat is actually present per cookie, their website states that they meet FDA standards for “0 grams trans fat” labeling.
Many food manufacturers have used this loophole to their advantage, making products that contain trans fats to appear “clean” to consumers. Don’t fall victim to this deceptive marketing. To avoid trans fats, do not buy or consume anything containing “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” fats or oils.
While trans fats are the most concerning of the ingredients found in the famous Girl Scout Cookies, most of other ingredients in these popular cookies are of concern as well.
That’s In My Girl Scout Cookie Too?
Here are a few more harmful ingredients you’ll find:
Refined Wheat Flour – Along with allergenic and inflammatory gluten, refined flour also contains alloxan – a compound found to damage the beta cells of the pancreas that make insulin, increasing the risk for diabetes. Researchers commonly use alloxan in lab studies to induce diabetes in lab animals.
Sugar – The first and second ingredient in every variety of Girl Scout cookie, sugar promotes weight gain, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, not to mention dramatically speeds physical aging. Research shows that as sugar consumption goes up, longevity goes down.
Soybean Oil – In addition to being highly refined using caustic chemicals (including hexane), soybean oil is also primarily comprised of inflammatory omega-6 fats and is almost always genetically modified. Soybean oil is among the WORST fats you can consume.
Caramel Color – With the chemical name 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI), caramel color is used to create brown hue to foods and beverages. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, lists 4-MeI as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” And in 2012, California began requiring manufacturers to put a warning label on any food product that exposes consumers to more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI daily. The Journal of the American Medical Association also found caramel color increases the risk of high blood pressure.
High Fructose Corn Syrup – Worse than sugar, high fructose corn syrup promotes elevated triglyceride levels (a risk factor for heart disease), a fatty liver, obesity and the risk for mercury poisoning
Indulging in these ingredients – even once in a while – can have a big impact on your health!
But here’s the good news…
You Can Make Healthy Girl Scout Cookie Recipes…Right in Your Own Kitchen!
You can still enjoy all of the delicious flavors of Girl Scout Cookies… from chocolate and mint… to caramel and coconut… or oatmeal and peanut butter… without jeopardizing your health.
Better yet, enjoying these delicious copycat cookies can actually BENEFIT your health… STABILIZE your cravings…and BOOST your weight loss efforts!
Using what we call “intelligent ingredients” we have re-created America’s Five Favorite Girl Scout Cookies, making each and every one gluten free, dairy free and with 2 grams of sugar (or less) per cookie!
What’s more, these melt-in-your mouth cookies are rich in tummy-trimming medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and provide a good source of protein and fiber for a nutritional treat that will keep your metabolism humming.
And all you’ll need is a few simple ingredients, basic baking tools and our FREE guide – Copycat Cookies: Healthy Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Packaged Cookies – to get started!In this guide, you’ll get easy-to-follow instructions and complete nutritional information for our the five Girl Scout Cookies we made over in our test kitchen including:
Caramel-Chocolate-Coconut Shortbreads (Samoas® Makeover)
GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE OPTION | LOW CARB | 2 GRAMS OF SUGAR PER COOKIE
Chocolate-Mint Shortbread Cookies (Thin Mints®Makeover)
GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | LOW CARB | 1 GRAM OF SUGAR PER COOKIE
Chocolate-Covered SunButter Patties (Tagalongs®Makeover)
GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | LOW CARB | 1 GRAM OF SUGAR PER COOKIE
Not-Peanut Butter Sandwiches (Do-Si-Dos® Makeover)
GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | 2 GRAMS OF SUGAR PER COOKIE
Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Savannah Smiles® Makeover)
GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | SUGAR FREE | LOW CARB To get instant access to our FREE book – Copycat Cookies – just enter your first name and email below.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Copycat Cookies
For a limited time, we’re offering a Copycat Cookie Package that will help you to create these amazing recipes at home. Here’s what you’ll get:
Delux Cookie Package
Make the top five sellers including – Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Sos and Savannah Smiles- totaling 216 healthy and delicious cookies – for just $80.95 (a 10% discount than what you’d pay if purchasing individually)!
5 Sugar Cookie Mixes
1 Organic Cocoa Powder
1 Sinless Sweetener
1 Coconut Sugar
P.S. – How You Can Support The Girl Scouts (Without Buying Their Cookies)
The Girl Scouts teach girls important lessons that help to build courage, confidence and character. Despite their program mission, cookies are what they are best known for.
Each year, approximately 200 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies are sold, with over half a billion dollars in profits.
But unfortunately, most of those funds don’t make it back to the Girl Scout troops. In fact, for every $4.00 box sold the troop only gets 75 cents – the lion’s share of the profits goes to overhead and administration.
In a day and age where being overweight or obese is the norm – affecting 70% of Americans – and childhood diabetes continues to climb – affecting 1 in 4 children – we believe that boycotting the purchase of Girl Scout cookies – and ALL unhealthy packaged foods – is an important step to changing the paradigm.
If you wish to support the Girl Scouts mission, we encourage you to provide a monetary donation to your local chapter in lieu of purchasing and consuming unhealthy cookies.
Thin Mints, Caramel dLites, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Peanut Butter Patties, Do-si-Do’s are all registered trademarks of Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Wellness Bakeries, LLC makes no claim to these products, trademarks or registered trademarks.