Girl Scout Cookie Season is here! Clearly, cookies are not a health food. However, in the context of moderation, we wondered: which cookie is “best”? To that end, we’ve ranked the five best selling cookies for overall nutrition, weighing in on Girl Scout Cookie calories, fat, sugar, and ingredient statements to determine which cookie reigns supreme.
Girl Scout Cookie Calories, Fat, Sugar and Other Healthfulness Factors Ranked:
Per 2 cookie serving, Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookie Calories:140 – 4.5g saturated fat, and 8g Sugar.
Unfortunately, the first ingredient is peanut butter made with hydrogenated oil.
Hydrogenated oils are the most potent source of trans fat in the food supply, making them a serious public health hazard with dangerous implications for cardiovascular and neurological health.
Trans fats increase “bad” LDL Cholesterol and reduce “good” HDL Cholesterol, setting the stage for plaque formation that leads to cardiovascular disease and degenerative neurological diseases, including dementia and alzheimer’s disease.
Accordingly, the FDA has tried for some time to remove trans fats from the food supply. While the amount of trans fat used in food production has decreased significantly, some still remains, with June of 2018 the stated goal for total trans fat eradication.
Per 2 cookie serving, Do-si-dos Girl Scout Cookie Calories:106 – 1.5g Saturated Fat, and 7g Sugar.
Like Tagalongs, Do-si-dos contain the dreaded hydrogenated oils and trans fat that comes with them. While Do-si-dos do contain fewer Calories, fat, and sugar per 2 cookie serving, the trans fat content still takes them down a few notches.
Samoas contain more Calories, sugar, and saturated fat than Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, but they don’t contain any hydrogenated oil, making them a bit of nutrition conundrum: on the one hand, these hefty cookies aren’t the most weight friendly option, but on the other hand they don’t have the trans fat content and related cholesterol impact of either of the peanut butter options.
Per 2 cookie serving, Samoas Girl Scout Cookie Calories:150 – 6g saturated fat, and 11g Sugar.
2. Thin Mints
Typically vying with Samoas for the top sales spot, Thin Mints come in second for nutrition, but first in the heart of mint lovers. Per 2 cookie serving, Thin Mints contain 80 Calories, 2.5g Saturated Fat, and 5g Sugar.
Per 2 cookie serving, Trefoils Girl Scout Cookie Calories:65 – 1g Saturated Fat, and 3g Sugar, making this basic but tasty option the healthiest of the bunch. A classic never goes out of style!
Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).