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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2/28/2012 9:13:36 AM

Yes, what about the mints?


2/28/2012 9:11:50 AM

KHATLADY's SparkPage
I love the short bread cookies, but never have just had one, so I try to avoid them. A blessing, the neighbor girl is now to old for G.S. Temptation is gone. The cutest thing you have ever seen is her all dressed up in uniform, making her pitch and my cat is going around her legs wanting to be petted.


2/28/2012 9:11:47 AM

JAVAQUEEN74's SparkPage
Thin Mints wasn't even on the list. Is that good or bad??? LOL


2/28/2012 9:09:12 AM

Staying away from all this year.


2/28/2012 9:03:30 AM

Once a year - as long as you don't go crazy....the key is moderation!!!


2/28/2012 8:00:12 AM

Your closing parenthesis is on the wrong side of the word "cookie." The closing parenthesis should be after the word "region."


2/28/2012 7:57:10 AM

RTWALLIS's SparkPage
Oh, my. Samoas, you are so naughty! What about the thin mints though?


2/28/2012 6:34:59 AM

Moderation is the name of thr game. Limitig thr number of boxes you buy and they freeze great so you dont have to eat the whole box at once


2/28/2012 6:02:36 AM

J5WOODS's SparkPage
Yeah, I think I'll be staying away from the Samoas and sticking to the Shortbreads. Only on my cheat days of course.


2/28/2012 6:02:28 AM

J5WOODS's SparkPage
Yeah, I think I'll be staying away from the Samoas and sticking to the Shortbreads. Only on my cheat days of course.


2/28/2012 6:01:19 AM

J5WOODS's SparkPage
Yeah, I think I'll be staying away from the Samoas and sticking to the Shortbreads. Only on my cheat days of course.


2/28/2012 5:57:52 AM

These are my favorites and the ONLY ones I eat. I really don't care for any other ones. Thanks goodness they are not available all year, because I'd be in BIG trouble, as it is now, I'm lucky I get only ONE box. Ha, ha, ha!


2/28/2012 12:10:44 AM

the Samoas are sooooooooooo good! but definitely not thinking fiber when im munching on em

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