The Best & Worst Girl Scout Cookies

Find out which Girl Scout Cookies are the best (and worst) for your health and waistline.

Every year I look forward to the Girl Scouts’ annual cookie sale (um, who doesn’t?!). This year’s sale is more controversial than most, with some people banning the treats in opposition to the organization’s acceptance of a transgendered member, while others are buying more boxes to show their support. I like supporting Girl Scouts and their activities, but, honestly, I think my excitement really stems from the fact that this is the only time of year I can buy these cookies.

The dietitian and nutrition editor in me kicks in about the time I sit down to fill out the order sheet: does my teeny-tiny family of two really need that many boxes of cookies? Um, no! And which cookies are the healthiest in terms of calories, fat, sugar and ingredients? (Some varieties still contain trans fats.)

Well, I finally looked into the nutrition information this year—and here’s what I found:

—Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

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