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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Girl Scout Cookie Delirium

Luckily I don’t have a problem with eating too much of favorite foods… because if I did? Today would be particularly challenging. Why today? Because today is the day Girl Scout cookies get delivered. As we speak, girls dressed in olive green are knocking on doors across America holding everyone’s favorite Girl Scout cookies in their hot little hands.

Which ones are you looking forward to? It’s a very subjective thing. While my husband is a Thin Mint kind of guy, my youngest daughter is a Tagalong. I’m all about the “All Abouts” while my oldest daughter enjoys all of the above.

Here’s the news that Girl Scouts is real excited about (drum roll please)… all of the cookies this year are “trans fat free“. Well, technically they may have .4 grams of trans fat or less per serving but they get to call themselves trans fat free according to the FDA guidelines. It’s a step in the right direction certainly.

Just in case you wondered how the rest of the country feels about Girl Scout Cookies, Thin Mints are one of their biggest sellers with 25% of the sales, then comes the rich Samoas (19%) and then Tagalongs (13%).

The Lowest Calorie Cookies:
Which ones have the lowest caloric bang for your three bucks?

#1 Per ounce, the lowest calorie cookie is the Do-Si-Dos with 110 calories (2 sandwich cookies) and 5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat per 27 grams or roughly one ounce.

#2 The Sugar Free cookie is tied for second lowest with 130 calories (4 cookies) and 8 grams fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat per 30 grams or roughly one ounce.

#3 All Abouts have 130 calories (2 large cookies) and 6 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat per 27 grams or roughly one ounce.

All the rest of the cookies have 150 calories per 1-ounce serving, yes… even the extra rich Samoas. But within this happy pool of 150-calorie cookies, the lowest in fat and saturated fat is the Cafe Cookies with each serving (32 grams or 1-ounce) containing 6 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. Which is the highest in fat and saturated fat? (You ask with hesitation and fear?) It’s the Tagalongs with 10 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat. The first ingredient is roasted peanuts, which explains that.

So, to review…
Girl Scouts of the USA have announced, “Their cookies are now zero trans fat per serving with the same great taste that has made them one of America’s favorite treats.” I for one can’t wait to taste them myself this year just to make sure they still taste great!


Related Topics: Top 10 Trans Fat Foods, 100 Calorie Snacks

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Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 7:46 am

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