When Girl Scout Cookie Season arrives, most of us are ready to buy all of our favorite flavors. But, before you dig in, it’s worth considering the Girl Scout Cookie calories that you’ll be ingesting.
You already know that cookies are definitely not considered a health food. Despite that, if you enjoy them in moderation, you can certainly give yourself a nice treat every now and then, even if you are taking thermogenics to shed excess weight more easily.
If you really want to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies without the guilt, we’re here to take a look at some of the most popular flavors to analyze their nutritional content. We’ll take a look at their ingredients, and we’ll dive into the amount of fat, sugar, and calories in these cookies.
Girl Scout Cookie Calories: Ranking Your Favorites
We looked at Girl Scout Cookie calories, along with their fat and sugar. Beyond that, we also considered other factors to determine how healthy they are. Here is our ranking of five popular flavors.
For every two of these cookies that you eat, you’ll get 140 calories, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and 8 grams of sugar. We also ranked this one last on our list because the first ingredient isn’t a healthy one: it’s peanut butter that contains hydrogenated oil, which is a source of trans fat that can adversely affect your health by increasing “bad” LDL cholesterol and reducing “good” HDL cholesterol. Trans fat can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. No wonder the FDA has been trying to get trans fats out of the food supply!
Next up is Do-si-dos, which contain 106 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 7 grams of sugar in two cookies. These cookies also contain hydrogenated oils, which means they have trans fat. So, even though they’re lower in calories, sugar, and fat, it’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll be consuming trans fat when enjoying these cookies. Not good!
Ranking a little higher is the Samoa cookie, which actually contains a greater amount of saturated fat, sugar, and calories than the two cookies discussed above. For every two cookies you eat, you’ll ingest 150 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, and 11 grams of sugar. So, why are we giving this cookie a higher rating? Well, these treats don’t have hydrogenated oil!
2. Thin Mints
Yummy Thin Mints have 80 calories, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, and 5 grams in every 2-cookie serving. It should come as no surprise that they rank quite high on our list!
The top spot on our list of Girl Scout Cookie calories goes to Trefoils. These contain 65 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 3 grams of sugar in two cookies. It’s such a basic cookie, but surprisingly tasty, and it’s a classic that everyone loves, so dig in!