It’s Girl Scout cookie time, and in some regions this year’s offerings include Mango Cremes. Though not as famous as the classic Thin Mints, Mango Cremes feature “vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits,” according to the Girl Scouts website.
Nutrients? Have Girl Scout cookies become a health food?
Here’s what ABC Bakers, the company that produces Mango Cremes, has to say about that on its website: “These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored creme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.”
The ingredient list for Mango Cremes includes “nutrients from natural whole food concentrate of (cranberry, pomegranate, orange, grape, strawberry, shitake mushrooms).” But — to state the obvious — that hardly makes them equivalent to eating actual fruits. (Or mushrooms, for that matter.)
As my colleague Tiffany Hsu has explained, an ingredient called NutriFusion “purports to pack the snacks with 15% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B1 and 5% of the suggest dose of Vitamins A, C, D, E and B6.”