The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies

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The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies

Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator

It's that time of year again: those adorable little Girl Scouts will be around any day now, and their colorful cookie boxes are bound to show up at your office--or maybe even your front door! Sure, Girl Scout cookies aren't the healthiest snacks around, if you do decide to indulge in these seasonal, nostalgic treats, here's how the cookies crumble.

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Lowest-Fat Girl Scout Cookie: Shortbread (Trefoils)

Shortbread (called Trefoils in some regions cookies) contain just 4.5 grams of fat for a four-cookie serving. As a bonus, the Shortbread variety is also the lowest-sugar Girl Scout cookie, containing just 1 gram of sugar each.

Highest-Fat Girl Scout Cookie: Tagalongs are the worst with 9 grams of fat in just two cookies. While eating dietary fat doesn't make you fat, processed treats like cookies generally use less-than-healthy fat sources that you should try to limit.

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Lowest-Carb Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

Girl Scout cookies aren't exactly "low-carb," but if you're counting carbs for diabetes management, Tagalongs (called Peanut Butter Patties in some regions) weigh in with the lowest carbohydrate count: 13 grams of carbohydrate per two-cookie serving.

Highest-Carb Girl Scout Cookie: Its peanut-buttery cousin, the Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, contain twice the amount of carbs for a three-cookie serving: 26 grams!

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Highest-Fiber Girl Scout Cookie: Samoas (Caramel deLites)

Samoas (called Caramel deLites in certain regions) are among the highest-calorie, highest-sugar, and highest-fat Girl Scout cookies available, but if they are your all-time favorite, take comfort in this: they contain the most fiber thanks to the coconut.

But wait! Before you start ordering these chewy, coconutty delights in bulk, take heed--they are not exactly "high" in fiber. Two Samoas contain just 1 gram of fiber, which accounts for a measly 5% of your Daily Value. Clearly, you'd be much better off getting your fiber from healthier sources, like bran cereals (10 grams per serving!) or veggies.

Lowest-Fiber Girl Scout Cookies: All other Girl Scout cookies contain 0 grams of fiber.

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Cookies Lowest in Saturated Fat: Savannah Smiles and Do-si-dos

If you're keeping an eye on your saturated fat intake, the Savannah Smiles and Do-si-dos are your best bets. Each contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat per two- or five-cookie serving, respectively.

Girl Scout Cookie Highest in Saturated Fat: Steer clear of the Caramel deLites, two of which will set you back 6 grams of saturated fat--that's 29% of your Daily Value!

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Shortest Ingredients List: Shout Outs! and Shortbread

If you're looking to minimize your intake of unpronounceable ingredients or highly processed foods, then looking to the length of the ingredients list is one way to find something more wholesome. Both the Shout Outs! and Shortbread cookies contain just 10 ingredients.

Longest Ingredients List: Samoas, which list 20 ingredients on the box!

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Get our full list of Girl Scout cookie nutrition facts.

Lowest-Calorie Girl Scout Cookie: Shortbread

You probably want to eat the most cookies you can for the least amount of calories, right? So which Girl Scout cookie will give you the biggest bang for your calorie buck? Shortbread is the winner! You can indulge in five cookies for a reasonable 120 calories.

Highest-Calorie Girl Scout Cookie: If you're looking to maximize your cookie volume, you might want to stay away from the Thanks-a-Lot cookies; you'll down 150 calories in just two crumbly, chocolaty discs.

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3/7/2012 12:18:28 AM

LYNZEY02's SparkPage
its hard not to eat them when u work for them. i will admit i ate a whole box of somoas this month EEEK


3/6/2012 2:00:18 PM

The Samoas are my favorite so steer clear of GSC.


3/5/2012 10:29:56 AM

CROWLEY123's SparkPage
Haven't bought any in years...don't miss them. they get more and more expensive and less and less appetizing every season.


3/4/2012 8:27:08 PM

I sold cookies when I was a Girl Scout, but I wasn't very good at. My favorite cookies were Scot-Teas. Since they don't make those any more, I find today's cookies resistable.


3/4/2012 6:13:31 PM

NWELTERL's SparkPage
I love Samoas


3/4/2012 4:01:33 PM

I didn't buy this year, simply because Thin Mints are a MAJOR trigger food for me. However, I wrote a nice big check to my old Girl Scout council in Central Illinois in lieu of buying cookies...primarily because they support Planned Parenthood's mission of providing healthcare, contraception and information to young women.


3/4/2012 10:11:23 AM

I stopped dealing with the Girl Scouts when I found out they support planned parenthood. Miss the cookies too.


3/3/2012 4:52:01 PM

SLOWGYM's SparkPage
I am a girl scout leader so I didn't pass. I did however give the biggest share that I bought to my 3 college grandchildren. They were very appreciative. The 3 younger ones have been eating the ones in my house. I did get me several boxes of the shortbread trefoils and put them in the freezer.


3/3/2012 3:19:15 PM

Cool treat = frozen lemon GS cookies! Love them.
Thin Mints forever my favorites frozen or not!


3/3/2012 12:14:35 PM

KIMAGINE's SparkPage
Love the mints!


3/3/2012 9:43:36 AM

STERBA70's SparkPage
Thin mints are my all-time favorite. I have never tried them frozen. We passed on the GS cookies this year at my house.


3/3/2012 9:22:07 AM

THe tradition of selling cookies started a long time ago and is an integral part of the GS experience...teaching the girls some great life lessons like goal setting, and money management....but a little part of me felt a little guilty with my Daisy troop selling over 2000 boxes...just a little guilty...but thanks to all who support us in whichever way you choose.


3/2/2012 8:07:32 AM

My favorite Girl Scout cookie is and has always been Thin Mints. They must have just been in the middle with fat, fiber and carbs. I sold them for 50 cents way back when. And I still support the Girl Scouts each year. They were a great big part of my growing up and a big part of the kind of woman I grew up to be..


3/2/2012 3:46:05 AM

ALLRONIX's SparkPage
My method of dealing with the cookie season? $5 to the girld. $1 to the troop, and $4 for a box to send to the troops - because if you're in Afghanistan, you have more to worry about than the cookies ending up on your rear.


3/1/2012 3:49:10 PM


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