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What's in those Girl Scout Cookies?

What's in those Girl Scout Cookies?

"Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership organization for girls.  The $760 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to travel to destinations near and far and to provide events for girls in their community."

After reading the nutrition labels for each cookie this may influence whether you purchase cookies from Girl Scouts.  A healthier alternative would be to directly donate to a specific troop or the national organization.  Click on each label to see the calories, trans fat, sky-high saturated fat, and added sweeteners.  The size of the cookies can be deceiving.  

Two little Samoas pack a big punch.  Partially hydrogenated oils are used in a lot of their cookies, although the federal government allows them to claim 0% because it is less than .5 grams per serving.  Also, read the labels and you will see various cookies made with dextrose, invert sugar, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup.  Better than calling these Girl Scout Cookies, these are factory cookies made with lower quality ingredients.  

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