I have always been a sucker for Girl Scout Cookies. Even if they weren’t so tasty, I would want to buy them because of the organization that they help support. A word of caution to those of you worried about your health, however. Girl Scout cookies may be worse for your diet than you imagine.
Now before you read further, you should know that I am not anti-cookie. I encourage my clients to have an occasional treat. It keeps you from falling off of the “diet wagon” completely. What I am is anti-garbage. Girl Scout cookies are loaded with just that. Garbage.
The major offender is high fructose corn syrup. This is just bad for you, any way you look at it. HFCS, or high fructose corn syrup, is essentially a chemical poison to your body. No nutritional reasons have been found for you to consume it and plenty of reasons for you to abstain.
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The Girl Scout executives even boast about the use of this poison in their cookies, claiming that it helps the cookies brown evenly and stay fresh. Really? It’s more likely that it’s cheaper than sugar, and that’s why it’s a necessary ingredient. It’s not like they haven’t explained their way out of issues before. But their cookies have changed over the years.
Maybe what’s most offensive to me is that I’ve learned that the troops only get 10-20% of the sales from the cookies. The rest is consumed by overhead and advertising. I’d much rather make a direct donation to these girls. Just think about all of the good things they could be doing for their communities as service projects instead of having to worry about selling things that are not good for anyone.