New Girl Scout Cookies Still Have Trans Fats
March 13, 2007
Although Girl Scout cookies are not being marketed as having "zero trans fats per serving," they still contain partially hydrogenated oils, which is another name for trans fatty acids.
According to FDA guidelines, an item with less than 0.5 percent of trans fat per serving can be deemed "zero trans fat."
One serving, however, is two cookies; since many people eat more than two at a single sitting, they could therefore be ingesting significant quantities of trans fats unintentionally.Trans fats increase levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and lower levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), increasing the risk of coronary heart disease.