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Published on February 9th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan

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Are New Vitamin-Fortified Girl Scout Cookies Actually Nutritious?

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie time and this year we have an ugh-inspiring new cookie to contend with.  A press release from ABC Cookie Bakers, part of Interbake Foods and baker of Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion, screams:

NEW MANGO CREMES GIRL SCOUT COOKIE FEATURES VITAMIN ADDITIVES

The release goes on to say:

This year, consumers will have the opportunity to enjoy a new tropical-inspired sandwich crème cookie with major vitamins … These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored crème filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries. This exciting innovation brings “better for you” benefits to Girl Scouts and is the first cookie of its kind.

The baker states that the new cookies contain 15% RDI (reference daily intake) of Vitamin B1  and 5% RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6 per serving; zero grams trans fats per serving and no hydrogenated oils or preservatives. The fact that there is no mention of artificial colors and flavors, however, suggests they are on the ingredient list. There was no one available at ABC Bakers to take a call on the matter.

The question remains: Are cookies fortified with vitamins actually nutritious? What do you think?

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About the Author

Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - find her on .



  • http://www.stitchesandstringtheory.tumblr.com Rachel Sandler

    This sounds to me like the Vitamin Water problem renewed. The vitamins may be good for you,but it doesn’t negate the sugar and fat of the cookies themselves. I’ll still buy a box of Samoas or Thin Mints from my neighbor, but my Girl Scout cookies will remain a one indulgent box until they release low-fat or low-sugar cookies.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/jkaplan/ Jennifer Kaplan

      I totally agree Rachel. I, too, love GS cookies. I just want them to admit to being what they are. Thanks! Jen

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