The Girl Scouts of America, famous for the Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs that arrive on American porches every March, this year are introducing a vitamin-infused cookie being branded as a healthy choice in a world of fats.
Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ is a "tropical-inspired" cookie similar to Oreos, with two coconut-flavored shortbreads bonded by a mango-flavored icing doused in vitamins.
The NutriFusion infused in the cookie provides 15 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin B1 and 5 percent RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6, according to ABC Bakers, the Girl Scout's cookie baker and "think tank."
ABC Bakers also claims the new cookie "has all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries."
And NutriFusion the company is behind a "scientific process that…when added to foods and beverages, supercharges their nutritional value," according to its official website, although the company admits its products are still not as good as nature's homemade stuff.
"NutriFusion™ is not intended as a replacement for eating raw fruits and vegetables," reads a statement on the company's website. "Rather, we target processed foods with the aim of enhancing the nutritional profiles of foods that dominate the human diet."
So, it's the Girl Scouts who are pushing the new cookie's nutritional value. But in reality, a serving of three cookies gives 20 percent of daily saturated fat intake.
Nutritionists are up in arms, claiming Mango Crèmes' marketing is duplicitous.
"NutriFusion is the latest in manufacturers' attempts at making junk food healthier," Jason Boehm, a board certified nutritionist, told Yahoo! Shine
. "Fortify it with nutrients, throw in fiber, sweeten it with a so-called healthier sweetener, but a cookie is still a cookie, period."
William J.H. Grand, president of NutriFusion, responded to the backlash and seemed to contradict the message on the company's website in a statement to Yahoo! Shine.
"The product has NO chemical process," Grand said. "It is 100 percent natural and consists only of fruits and vegetables." He also states that Nutrifusion, and its process of dehydrating and powdering fruits, doesn't affect "taste or functionality of the products it goes into and is 100 percent natural."
This isn't the first time Girl Scout cookies have been criticized. The company uses ingredients like palm oil, which critics say is bad for the environment and a leading cause of global warming. Mango Crèmes' have palm oil as well.
Gawker's Caity Weaver
has called the cookie "bull—" and "your new nightmare," writing that the company is "selling a lie," while Jezebel's Laura Beck calls the concept "grotesque."
Grand argues that the media loves the new addition, though.
"The only criticism came from one uninformed writer that does not understand the severe nutrient deficit that is rampant in the U.S.," she said. "The Girl Scout Cookie program is acting responsibly (like Girl Scouts) and they are actually doing something positive."
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