Girls Scout cookies are not your primary diet

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us — which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

According to the International Business Times, a professor of medicine and public health at University of Arizona says it makes no sense for the Girl Scouts to “sell something so unhealthy.”

She said there is a disconnect between the sugary, fatty cookies and the mission of “building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place” Hey, if you don’t think Girl Scout cookies make the world a better place, try dipping a sleeve of Lorna Doones into a pitcher of ice-cold milk.

Look, the Girl Scouts organization was founded in 1912 to help girls develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Its annual cookie sale has become a tasty part of American culture since it originated in 1917.

True, America is awash in high-calorie, high-sugar processed foods that the human body can efficiently convert into fat.

It’s also true that human beings must educate themselves on what is good for our health to reverse the high levels of diabetes and heart disease in America.

But Girl Scout cookies are still just cookies — an occasional treat.

Vani Hari, a food critic and founder of the blog, doesn’t see it that way. One of her blogs blasted the high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils found the cookies.

Hey, cookie shamers, Americans are making progress. They are finally beginning to read labels, eat better and understand what is healthful.

Besides, a cookie is now what it has always been: a treat. If Girl Scout cookies are your primary source of calories for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you have bigger problems than Girl Scout cookies.

— Tom Purcell, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist. Send comments to Tom at


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