Health experts agree: Trans fats should be avoided.
So why are the Girl Scouts selling thousands and thousands of boxes of cookies that contain the stuff even though, under an FDA loophole, they can label them as containing "0 grams" of trans-fat.
Unlike other fats which are generally good to reduce in most people's diets, trans fats are especially dangerous because they increase risk for heart disease by raising your "bad" cholesterol levels and reducing "good" cholesterol. Doctors call this the "double barreled" impact of trans fats and in many locations including New York City, the use of trans fats has been banned in food production.
Americans shouldn't have to choose between supporting the Girl Scouts in their lives and taking care of their health.
The Girl Scouts should be truer to its message of helping girls "develop their full potential" by removing trans fat from all of its cookies. Girls can't reach their full potential if they become sick with diabetes or heart disease.
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