Thursday, November 27, 2008

What do Danish Girl Guides Sell?

Denmark being trans-fat free and all.

Somehow that entire country has found the means to make their cookies and danishes (are they called danishes in Denmark too?) trans-fat free.

Yet despite an entire country figuring out how to make trans-fat free foods taste good, Dare Cookies, the manufacturers of Canadian Girl Guide cookies still haven't been able to figure it out.

This week Girl Guides of Canada issued a press release touting the fact that after years of being aware that their cookies contained truly unacceptable amounts of trans-fat (ok, it didn't really say that part, I did) that they've figured out how to reduce the amount.

Of course if you eat two cookies you'll still be consuming 0.1grams of trans fat.

Doesn't sound like much does it?

According to the very nice lady I spoke with at the Girl Guide Cookies hotline (such a thing does indeed exist), there are twenty cookies per box and therefore 1 gram of trans fat per box.

According to the press kit that was sent to me, 5 million boxes of Girl Guide cookies are sold annually in Canada.

Therefore Girl Guide cookies annually contribute 5,000 kilograms (11,000 pounds) of trans-fat to the Canadian diet.

Um....thank you?

So while it's certainly a good thing that Girl Guides have reduced the trans-fat levels in their cookies I'm still not buying them. If Voortman's entire cookie line can be trans-fat free, if the entire country of Denmark can be trans-fat free, surely so too can be Girl Guide Cookies.

Until they're trans-fat free, I'm Girl Guide cookie free.

[Hat tip to blog reader and fellow public critic of Girl Guide cookies Peter]

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  1. Anonymous11:17 am

    Note that the chocolate mint cookies have a full gram of trans fat in a three cookie serving size!

  2. Anonymous11:55 am

    Well, technically they ARE "trans fat free".

    I agree with your concern on trans fats but I would always ask the question, what is the source of the trans fats? are they natural or artificial? This an incredibly important distinction. I am assuming they are artificial but regardless... an important question to ask.

  3. Cookie monster10:54 pm

    Well it's been a few years since the original posting and maybe you should update your facts on these cookies? Girl Guides of Canada as well as Dare foods, now have zero (yes, ZERO!) trans fat in their classic vanilla and chocolate cookies. So now you can go ahead and eat them and show some support for your local organization. Can I sell you a box?

  4. No thanks.

    Given that there's no reason whatsoever to see any cookies with trans-fat I think I'll hold out until all of the Girl Guide Coookie lines are zero grams. The mint still have 0.5g of trans-fat per cookie.