New Girl Scouts cookie: Delicious & nutritious?

Mango Cremes, the new Girl Scouts cookie, claims Mango Cremes, the new Girl Scouts cookie, claims to be healthy. Photo Credit: Handout

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The latest salvo in the war on sensible eating has been launched by an unexpected combatant: The Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us, and this years new cookie is the Mango Creme. According to abcsmartcookies.com, these tangy, refreshing tropical treats are packed with great taste AND vitamins! Crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies feature a mango-flavored creme filling with all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries!

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(Mercifully, Mango Cremes are not available on Long Island. Local Girl Scout organizations nationwide contract with one of two licensed bakeries; ABC Bakers makes Mango Cremes, but Nassau and Suffolk County Girl Scouts get their cookies from Little Brownie Bakers which does not.)

Now, I have nothing against cookies. And nothing against health food. What I object to is selling cookies as a health food.

The vitamins in Mango Cremes are there courtesy of GrandFusion, a blend of fruits and/or vegetables that can significantly increase the nutritional profile, and therefore the marketability, of food, beverage and snack products.

GrandFusion is a product developed by South Carolina-based NutriFusion. On the allowable claims page at nutrifusion.com, the company declares that the simple addition of NutriFusion and the nutritional benefits it imparts on your packaged goods, creates the perfect line extension ... the small percent increase in production costs, enables a several-fold increase in cost-to-consumer pricing as your product would be perceived as a nutritionally superior product.

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A small percent increase in production costs enables a several-fold increase in cost-to consumer pricing. What a great lesson for Americas girls!

3 Mango Creme cookies contain 15 percent RDI (the FDS's recommended reference daily intake) of Vitamin B1, 5 percent of Vitamins A, C, D, E and B6. They also contain flour, sugar, palm oil, corn syrup, leavening, natural and artificial flavor, cornstarch, coconut, soy lecithin, citric acid, malic acid, annatto color and nutrients from natural whole food concentrate of cranberry, pomegranate, orange, grape, strawberry, shiitake mushrooms.

Heres what Mango Creme cookies do not contain: mango, cream.

The idea that eating a few cookies is bad for most kids health is absurd. The only thing more absurd is the idea that eating a few Mango Cremes is good for kids health.

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