The Woman Scouts have added a brand new taste—Caramel Chocolate Chip—to their 2019 cookie lineup. The newest cookie options “wealthy caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a touch of sea salt,” however the largest information is what it doesn’t have: In contrast to conventional chocolate chip cookies, this one is gluten-free.
The brand new gluten-free Caramel Chococolate Chip cookie will likely be obtainable in choose areas, whereas others will likely be supplied the gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookie, first launched in 2015. That signifies that for the primary time, Woman Scout cookie clients everywhere in the nation can have a gluten-free choice together with old-school favorites like Skinny Mints, Shortbreads, and Caramel deLites.
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That is actually nice information for individuals who have a medical motive to keep away from gluten—particularly for these with a candy tooth and a want to assist their (Woman Scout) troops. However are these gluten-free choices really any more healthy than the remainder of the cookie selections? And talking of “wholesome,” what’s the neatest cookie to purchase from a dietary perspective? We spoke with Well being contributing editor Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, and pored over the labels of each Woman Scout cookie on the market this yr. Right here’s what we realized.
The gluten-free choices
So far as fats and energy go, the gluten-free choices fall proper in the midst of the Woman Scout cookie spectrum. A serving measurement of three Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies has 170 energy, eight grams of fats, and 12 grams of sugar, whereas a serving measurement of two Toffee-tastic cookies has 140 energy, 7 grams of fats, and seven grams of sugar.
As a substitute of conventional (and glutenous) wheat flour, the Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies are made with gluten-free oat flour. Toffee-tastics, however, are made with rice flour and tapioca starch. So far as different allergens go, each comprise dairy, and Toffee-tastic additionally accommodates soy.
Oat flour accommodates fiber, with a serving of three Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies offering 2 grams (7% of the every day beneficial worth) of this necessary nutrient. In that sense, the chocolatey treats win out, nutritionally, over the toffee taste.
However that doesn’t make this cookie a well being meals, says Sass. “It merely makes it an choice for individuals who can not eat gluten, as a result of Celiac illness or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, who can eat the opposite substances within the cookie,” says Sass. “It's nonetheless very processed, it accommodates dairy, and the cookies pack 12 grams of sugar—three teaspoons value—per serving.”
In line with a Woman Scouts of the USA press launch, the gluten-free choices might also be priced larger than different Woman Scout cookies, “reflecting the price of manufacturing.”
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Woman Scout cookies by the numbers
In the event you’re not involved with getting a gluten-free cookie, you’ve acquired different choices. First, the “worst” with regards to calorie depend: A single S’mores cookie has between 75 and 90 energy, relying on which of two licensed bakeries they arrive from.
Additionally coming in round 75 energy apiece are Samoas/Caramel deLites (names differ relying on the bakery), Thanks-A-Tons, and Lemonades. Proper behind them are Tagalongs and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies (all with 70 energy every) and Peanut Butter Patties (with 65 energy per cookie).
Subsequent you’ve acquired Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the brand new Caramel Chocolate Chip (about 57 energy every), Do-Si-Dos (about 53 energy), and Skinny Mints (40 energy). Shortbreads/Trefoils and Savannah Smiles have the fewest energy per cookie, at simply round 30.
It’s additionally value noting, nonetheless, that these cookies have totally different serving sizes—starting from two to 5 cookies—and everyone knows that it’s very tough to eat only one Woman Scout cookie. (In actual fact, it may be fairly simple to eat a whole sleeve.)
The excellent news? In the event you do observe the serving measurement for any of those cookies, you’ll get a snack that’s lower than 200 energy. You’ll additionally get someplace between four.5 grams and 9 grams of fats and between 9 and 16 grams of sugar. (Shortbread/Trefoil cookies are on the low finish for each, whereas S’mores are on the high.)
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Must you or shouldn't you indulge annually?
However the not-so-good information, says Sass, is that Woman Scout cookies are nonetheless not really wholesome. “They’re all extremely processed and must be thought-about occasional treats balanced out by numerous nutrient-rich entire meals,” she says.
Sass asks her purchasers if Woman Scout cookies are one thing they actually can’t stay with out, or whether or not they’re simply consuming them out of behavior or nostalgia. On a scale of zero (“meh”) and 5 (“absolute favourite”), folks ought to be capable of forego a deal with that doesn’t rank at the least a four, she says—even when it’s solely obtainable annually.
“I additionally ask my purchasers to mirror on how they really feel once they eat sure treats,” she says. “For instance, does the meals set off bloating, fatigue, or mind fog, or worsen irritation? If that’s the case, they could resolve to nix it, particularly if it doesn’t rank a four or 5.”
If it does rank that top—like me with Skinny Mints!—attempt to concentrate to how usually and the way a lot you’ll be able to need to keep away from too many undesirable signs, Sass says. (And, after all, take note of these serving sizes, as nicely.) “The aim just isn’t willpower or deprivation,” she says. “It’s all about stability, feeling good, and really having fun with what you eat."
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