A "Healthier" Girl Scout Cookie?


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The Girls Scouts' newest confection, Mango Crème with Nutrifusion, may leave cookie lovers with a bad taste in their mouths. The description sounds fairly simple: vanilla, coconut, a tangy mango-flavored crème--everything you would expect in a cookie. Until you realize they are enhanced with vitamins. The cookies contain 15 percent of your reference daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin B1, and 5 percent RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, and E.

According to the ABC Smart Cookies site, the "nutrifusion" part of these treats come from a concentrated blend of cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, strawberries, and shitake mushrooms—yikes!  No offense to the little ladies who peddle these sweet treats, but with 180 calories and 8 g of fat in just three cookies, there are healthier ways to get fruit in your diet.

The lesson here: It's okay to settle your sweet tooth with a cookie once and a while, but vitamin-enhanced cookies are no replacement for the natural nutrients found in fruit—which can be just as and tasty.

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