by Marion Nestle
Jan 30 2013

Cookies are health foods!

What is there to say about Girl Scout cookies.  Everybody loves them (or is forced to).

But now, if you worried that promoting cookies maybe wasn’t the best public health strategy, ABC Bakers, the company that makes them, has solved your problem.

Girl Scout cookies are now health foods.  How?

NutriFusion.

Translation: “major vitamins.”

Mango Creme cookie

As the company explains, NutriFusion is delicious made nutritious.

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.

As I keep saying, you can’t make this stuff up.

Comments

  • Crider
  • January 30, 2013
  • 1:48 pm

No matter what, cookies are still starch, fat, and sugar. Treats are treats and aren’t supposed to be staples!

  • Sarah
  • January 30, 2013
  • 5:20 pm

At first I thought you wrote NutriConfusion… which would be a rather appropriate description :)

  • Mary
  • January 30, 2013
  • 10:24 pm

Crème? What is this ‘crème’? Is it a technical term? A proprietary term?

I think we need to let a cookie be a cookie and enjoy treats at treat time. When it’s time for nutrition, kids need to understand what is healthy and what is a treat. Treats or junk food disguised as nutritious just confuse kids – adults too!

  • SAO
  • January 31, 2013
  • 12:45 am

This is the natural outcome of what Michael Pollan calls nutritionism — that foods are merely bundles of named and quantified nutrients. A apple is a bundle of fiber, sugars and vitamins and a cookie can be just as healthy if it has the same amount of fiber and vitamins. Why eat broccoli or any other vegetable if you can eat a cookie instead?

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The whole idea that Girl Scout cookies are the only option for these kids who want to learn about sales, fund raising etc is ludicrous to me and my friends with kids know to by pass me when it’s the season. Now it’s even more absurd.
I agree with someone up top who said that we should have treats at treat time and not confuse the issue.

I Google-d an ingredient list for the cookies but nothing came up! Why would that be?!

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  • mk
  • February 3, 2013
  • 2:59 pm

Whenever I meet girl scouts selling cookies, I let them know that I can’t buy them because members of my family have diabetes, and then ask them if they have any other way to raise money.

Cookies are delicious for sure, but they are not healthy food. Don’t say that the are bad, but we should watch out with this when we are giving treats to kids. And yes, they should make a difference between treats and healthy food.

  • Suzanne
  • February 8, 2013
  • 12:37 pm

I would love to see Girl Scout cookies made with almond meal, coconut oil, and erythritol, but it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever see this come to pass.

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