Girl Scout cookies may taste sweet, but some of them hold an ugly secret ingredient--trans fats. Thin Mints, Samoas (or Caramel deLites), and Tagalongs contain partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats, dangerous fats linked to heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. Despite the presence of trans fats, these popular cookie boxes come stamped with a "0 grams of trans fat" label.
The FDA says that products containing fewer than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving can be advertised as "trans fat free." This is not only misleading to consumers, it's dangerous: Trans fats lower consumers' good cholesterol (HDL) and increase their bad cholesterol (LDL), setting them up for heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.
The Girl Scouts claim that the organization strives to "build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Taking heart unhealthy ingredients out of cookies is a good way to start "making the world a better place." Tell the Girl Scouts it's time to eliminate trans fats from all their cookies.
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