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    Girl Scout Cookies High in Trans Fat






    One of the more popular rites of springtime has

    becoming a lightning rod for controversy and arguably a likely contributor to the obesity crisis that's plaguing

    millions of children and adults in America. And from an organization that helps millions of kids across the world

    every year in so many other beneficial ways too. As Girl Scouts hit the streets and area grocery stores for their

    annual cookie sales, critics, including me, are very concerned their annual sales drive, that nets the

    organization some $400 million
    , is being fueled by the sale of cookies chock full of trans fats and poisoning

    the health of millions.

    The organization tried to head off some of the criticism by issuing a lengthy white

    paper last year entitled, "Weighing In: Helping Girls Be Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow," the first salvo in a

    "healthy living" initiative the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) plans to roll out later this year.

    Despite such

    preemptive moves, the criticism keeps on coming from parents and food activists rightly concerned about the dangers

    of trans fat. Even a New York chef and a food activist working to reform school lunch programs who is working with

    the GSA on their health initiative brought up the trans fat issue first and foremost in her discussions with them.

    One quote speaks volumes: "You can't have a lifestyle initiative without changing the cookie because you look like

    a bunch of idiots."

    Trans fat, also known as

    trans fatty acids, is an artery-clogging fat that is

    formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening. It is found in many other foods besides

    margarine and shortening, however, including fried foods like french fries and fried chicken, doughnuts, cookies,

    pastries and crackers. The FDA has mandated all food manufacturers begin listing the amount of trans fat in their

    products starting next year, although some have already begun to do so, including the makers of Girl Scout cookies.



    The best way to protect your family from the dangers of trans fat: Eliminate processed foods from your diet.

    That's where the artery-clogging trans fat lives. Trans fats have led to a major increase in cancers, arthritis,

    fatigue and nearly all chronic illnesses. Also, trans fats are also playing

    an enormous role in the dramatic rise of

    diabetes
    . The recent statistics show more than 16 million Americans have it and it is becoming an

    epidemic largely due to the shift in our food choices.



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    Cookies are bad for you? Is

    that surprising?

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    Forget the cookies, eat the

    scout
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    Okay, Mr. Seinfeld.
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    Milk goes with cookies, what

    goes well with scout?
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    Tonto goes well with Scout.

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    They sure do look yummy in those

    little green skirts, ankle socks and berets. Plus, the GSA could make a lot more money selling girlscouts instead of

    trans-fat inflested cookies. The green outfits would be way cool for St. Patti's day too. It would not only be

    healthy for all parties involved, but prevent the wasteful disposal of cookie packaging in landfills. "Save the

    earth and eat a girlscout" would be an apt motto.
    "I'm just a dirty hornytoad" -Gegogi

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    That makes me think about some

    of the product labels and old commercials:
    Sue Bee says to remember to eat your honey.
    Sugar packets in

    resturaunts that suggest "Enjoy life, eat out more often!"

    How about the old cigarette comercials? "I'd walk a

    mile for a camel? Ewww!
    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belgareth
    "I'd walk a mile

    for a camel? Ewww!
    I always wondered what was in it for the camel.
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    Did you ever wonder about the

    girl scout cookie flavors that never quite made it?

    Trout?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSmellThis
    Did you ever

    wonder about the girl scout cookie flavors that never quite made it?

    Trout?
    Pepperoni Pizza?
    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnjim
    Forget the

    cookies, eat the scout
    Its been a long time since I've seen a girl scout, but arent they like

    wicked under age? Talking like 13?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CollegeStudent
    Its been a long time since I've seen a girl scout, but arent they like wicked under age?

    Talking like 13?
    I think they're like the Boy Scouts where you can stay in until about 17 or 18

    years old.

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    "Its been a long time

    since I've seen a girl scout, but arent they like wicked under age? Talking like 13?"
    I believe GSs

    can rack up a whole lotta badges by age 18. Of course we should only eat the ones over the age of consent (varies by

    state). When in doubt, eat the den mother.
    "I'm just a dirty hornytoad" -Gegogi

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