Yes, unfortunately another attempt at getting a junk food to appear as a healthy food. Girl Scout Cookies are very popular around this time of year. You've probably enjoyed Tagalongs, Thin Mints or Samoa’s at some point in your life. But, this year they have released a new “healthy alternative” cookie called Mango Crème, which is infused with vitamins. The label states that 3 cookies contain 180 calories, 8 grams of fat (4 grams of saturated fat), 25 carbs, and 11 grams of sugar.

ABC Cookies, the makers of the Girl Scout cookies, claim that this is a healthy alternative to a snack and cookie since there are vitamins in it. But just because the label says "vitamins" does not mean they are. Pure nutrients come straight from real food, not added to it.

The ABC Cookie Company wanted to create this mango crème cookie because let's face it, Girl Scout Cookies aren't exactly known for being healthy (loaded with white sugar and white flour). News flash: just because they included vitamins does not mean it is a healthy food.

Consumers believe Big Food marketing. And it's time to educate consumers about these tactics.

Yes, this new vitamin infused cookie might have trace (key word) vitamins, but what about all the preservatives, coloring, acids, enriched flour and artificial flavors? Companies don't want you to read about that!

Remember to read the labels of the product and read the ingredients before you buy. And if you are spending a lot of time reading labels, then that means you need to eat, buy, grow real food. Real vitamins have no labels. They show their vitamins and nutrients by their natural color.

If you cannot pronounce the ingredient, do not eat it! Stick to healthy, natural snacks such as almonds, cashews, apples, carrots and hummus, etc. There are always healthy options! The bottom line is that a junk food will never be a healthy food. Some links are posted at the end of this article to teach you how to properly read food labels and what ingredients you should stay away from.

It's still a cookie.

How To Read a Label

15 Processed Food Ingredients to Avoid

Food Labels

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