Thursday, April 02, 2009

The ingredients in girl scout cookies.

Samoas, to be specific.
Sugar, vegetable oil (palm, partially hydrogenated palm kernel, soybean and/or cottonseed with TBHQ to preserve freshness), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), sorbitol, contains two percent or less of cocoa, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, dextrose, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, carrageenan, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate).
Interesting, I think, that while they contain partially hydrogenated oils they list the trans-fat content as 0. I actually have the low-down on this: they made the cookies smaller and reduced the serving size so that they no longer had to list the trans-fat content, rather than actually eliminating it. Also interesting that I count no less than six ingredients that are actually sugar... and that sugar is more prominent than flour in these cookies.

The side of this box of cookies states that "Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership development organization for girls where young women discovery their potential, conenct with others, and take action in their communities and the world." Really? What, exactly, are they learning by being asked to sell overpriced, overprocessed junk food to a population already plagued with health problems caused by poor eating habits and and a food supply that is increacingly divergent from food in its natural state?

Does it anger anyone else that a group whose intention is to benefit children has little girls peddling this crap? Yes, they taste good. But so do cookies with real, pronouncable ingredients instead of space-age chemicals. Hell, so does fruit. There must be some other way to raise funds for this, such a "premier leadership development organization". Can't they be just a lil bit more innovative? I think they can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

yep! I totally agree.