There’s a New Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie—but Is It Really Any Healthier?

The Girl Scouts have included another flavor—Caramel Chocolate Chip—to their 2019 treat lineup. The most recent treat highlights “rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a trace of ocean salt,” yet the greatest news is the thing that it doesn’t have: Unlike conventional chocolate chip treats, this one is sans gluten.

The new sans gluten Caramel Chococolate Chip treat will be accessible in select regions, while others will be offered the sans gluten Toffee-tastic treat, first presented in 2015. That implies that out of the blue, Girl Scout treat clients everywhere throughout the nation will have a sans gluten alternative alongside old fashioned top picks like Thin Mints, Shortbreads, and Caramel deLites.

This is surely incredible news for individuals who have a therapeutic motivation to maintain a strategic distance from gluten—particularly for those with a sweet tooth and a craving to help their (Girl Scout) troops. Be that as it may, are these without gluten alternatives in reality any more advantageous than whatever remains of the treat decisions? What’s more, discussing “solid,” what’s the most brilliant treat to purchase from a wholesome point of view? We talked with Health contributing editorial manager Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, and pored over the marks of each Girl Scout treat available to be purchased for this present year. This is what we realized.

The without gluten choices

To the extent fat and calories go, the sans gluten choices fall right amidst the Girl Scout treat range. A serving size of three Caramel Chocolate Chip treats has 170 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 12 grams of sugar, while a serving size of two Toffee-tastic treats has 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 7 grams of sugar.

Rather than customary (and glutenous) wheat flour, the Caramel Chocolate Chip treats are made with sans gluten oat flour. Toffee-tastics, then again, are made with rice flour and custard starch. To the extent different allergens go, both contain dairy, and Toffee-tastic likewise contains soy.

Oat flour contains fiber, with a serving of three Caramel Chocolate Chip treats giving 2 grams (7% of the every day prescribed esteem) of this vital supplement. In that sense, the chocolatey treats win out, healthfully, over the toffee season.

In any case, that doesn’t make this treat a wellbeing nourishment, says Sass. “It essentially makes it a possibility for individuals who can’t expend gluten, because of Celiac ailment or non-Celiac gluten affectability, who can devour alternate fixings in the treat,” says Sass. “It’s still extremely prepared, it contains dairy, and the treats pack 12 grams of sugar—3 teaspoons worth—per serving.”

As indicated by a Girl Scouts of the USA official statement, the without gluten alternatives may likewise be estimated higher than other Girl Scout treats, “mirroring the expense of creation.”

Young lady Scout treats by the numbers

In case you’re not worried about getting a without gluten treat, you have different choices. To start with, the “most noticeably bad” with regards to calorie tally: A solitary S’mores treat has somewhere in the range of 75 and 90 calories, contingent upon which of two authorized pastry shops they originate from.

Likewise coming in around 75 calories each are Samoas/Caramel deLites (names shift contingent upon the bread kitchen), Thanks-A-Lots, and Lemonades. Directly behind them are Tagalongs and the sans gluten Toffee-tastic treats (all with 70 calories each) and Peanut Butter Patties (with 65 calories for each treat).

Next you have Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the new Caramel Chocolate Chip (around 57 calories each), Do-Si-Dos (around 53 calories), and Thin Mints (40 calories). Shortbreads/Trefoils and Savannah Smiles have the least calories per treat, at just around 30.

It’s likewise significant, nonetheless, that these treats have diverse serving sizes—going from two to five treats—and we as a whole realize that it’s exceptionally hard to eat only one Girl Scout treat. (Truth be told, it very well may be very simple to eat a whole sleeve.)

The uplifting news? On the off chance that you do pursue the serving size for any of these treats, you’ll get a bite that is under 200 calories. You’ll additionally get somewhere close to 4.5 grams and 9 grams of fat and somewhere in the range of 9 and 16 grams of sugar. (Shortbread/Trefoil treats are at the low end for both, while S’mores are at the best.)

Would it be a good idea for you to or shouldn’t you enjoy once per year?

Yet, the not all that great news, says Sass, is that Girl Scout treats are as yet not really solid. “They’re all very handled and ought to be viewed as periodic treats offset by loads of supplement rich entire nourishments,” she says.

Backtalk inquires as to whether Girl Scout treats are something they truly can’t survive without, or whether they’re simply eating them habitually or wistfulness. On a size of 0 (“meh”) and 5 (“total top choice”), individuals ought to have the capacity to forego a treat that doesn’t rank no less than a 4, she says—regardless of whether it’s solitary accessible once every year.

“I additionally request that my customers think about how they feel when they eat certain treats,” she says. “For instance, does the sustenance trigger swelling, weariness, or mind mist, or compound irritation? Provided that this is true, they may choose to nix it, particularly on the off chance that it doesn’t rank a 4 or 5.”

In the event that it ranks that high—like me with Thin Mints!— attempt to focus on how regularly and the amount you can need to stay away from such a large number of undesirable manifestations, Sass says. (What’s more, obviously, focus on those serving sizes, also.) “The objective isn’t self discipline or hardship,” she says. “It’s about parity, feeling better, and genuinely appreciating what you eat.”