Girl Scout Cookie Season Survival Tips (cont.)

6. Thanks-A-Lot (2 cookies, 31 grams)

  • Fat grams: 6
  • Saturated fat grams: 3.5
  • Calories:150
  • Sugar grams: 9
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 22
  • Fiber grams: less than 1
  • First 3 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable shortening; contains less than 2% of the remaining ingredients

7. Trefoils (5 cookies, 33 grams)

  • Fat grams = 7
  • Saturated fat grams = 2
  • Calories = 150
  • Sugar grams = 6
  • Total carbohydrate grams = 20
  • Fiber grams = less than 1
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar; contains less than 2% of the remaining ingredients

8. All Abouts (3 cookies, 30 grams)

  • Fat grams: 7
  • Saturated fat grams: 4
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar grams: 9
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 21
  • Fiber grams: less than 1
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable oil (palm, partially hydrogenated palm kernel, soybean and/or cottonseed oil) cocoa

9. Thin Mints from Little Brownie Bakers (4 cookies, 32 grams)

  • Fat grams: 7
  • Saturated fat grams: 4.5
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar grams: 10
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 20
  • Fiber grams: 1
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean, cottonseed, palm and/or palm kernel oils), cocoa

10. Lemonades (2 cookies, 31 grams)

  • Fat grams: 7
  • Saturated fat grams: 4
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar grams: 9
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 22
  • Fiber grams: 0
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable shortening, cornstarch

11. *Caramel deLites (2 cookies, 28 grams)
*Highest in sugar; Tied with Thin Mints by ABC for the highest in saturated fat

  • Fat grams: 7
  • Saturated fat grams: 6
  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar grams: 13
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 19
  • Fiber grams: 1
  • First 4 ingredients: sugar, enriched flour, corn syrup, vegetable shortening

12. Peanut Butter Patties (2 cookies, 28 grams)

  • Fat grams = 8
  • Saturated fat grams = 5
  • Calories = 150
  • Sugar grams = 10
  • Total carbohydrate grams = 17
  • Fiber grams = less than 1
  • First 4 ingredients: sugar, enriched flour, vegetable shortening, peanuts

13. Samoas from Little Brownie Bakers (2 cookies, 31 grams)

  • Fat grams: 8
  • Saturated fat grams: 5
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar grams: 11
  • Total carbohydrate grams: 19
  • Fiber grams: less than 1
  • First 4 ingredients: sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean, cottonseed, coconut, palm and/or palm kernel oils), enriched flour, corn syrup

14. *Thin Mints from ABC Bakers (4 cookies, 33 grams)
*Tied with Caramel deLites for the highest in saturated fat

  • Fat grams = 8
  • Saturated fat grams = 6
  • Calories = 160
  • Sugar grams = 11
  • Total carbohydrate grams = 22
  • Fiber grams = less than 1
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable shortening, cocoa

15. Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (3 cookies, 34 grams)
*Highest in fiber; Lowest in sugar

  • Fat grams = 9
  • Saturated fat grams = 3
  • Calories = 160
  • Sugar grams = 0 (sugar alcohol = 7 grams)
  • Total carbohydrate grams = 22
  • Fiber grams = 2
  • First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, palm oil and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil) sugar free chocolate chips (maltitol, chocolate processed with alkali, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), maltitol]

16. *Tagalongs from Little Brownie Bakers (2 cookies, 27 grams)
*Highest in fat]

  • Fat grams = 10
  • Saturated fat grams = 4
  • Calories = 150
  • Sugar grams = 8
  • Total carbohydrate grams = 14
  • Fiber grams = 1
  • First 4 ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean, cottonseed, palm and/or palm kernel oils), enriched flour

What About Trans Fats in Girl Scout Cookies?

As of 2007, all varieties of Girl Scout cookies contain "zero trans fat per serving," notes Thompkins. But you might notice in the list of ingredients that some of the cookies contain partially hydrogenated oils, which are how trans fats are made.

So how can they claim to have zero trans fats? These cookies meet or exceed the FDA guidelines for the "zero trans fat" designation because they contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving.

So if you eat two servings of cookies (or more), particularly those that list partially hydrogenated oils among their first four ingredients, you might get close to taking in a gram of trans fat. This is less likely to happen if you stick to the cookies that don't have "partially hydrogenated oil" listed among the ingredients.

How Not to Eat the Whole Sleeve

It's fine to talk about moderation, but what if you're one of those people for whom the "suggested serving size" is never enough when it comes to Girl Scout cookies?

Believe it or not, two or three cookies will go a long way when you really savor every bite.

Megrette Hammond, RD, CDE, MEd, executive director of The Center for Mindful Eating and co-author of Discover Mindful Eating, says one way to heighten your mindfulness while eating fattening treats is by changing your sensory environment. For example, to "tune in" when eating a serving of cookies, change up their temperature (by eating cookies straight from the refrigerator or freezer) or texture (eat a crisp cookie, and then a soft cookie).



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