They’re cookies, is the first thing to remember. So it comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention that Girl Scout Cookies don’t top any physician’s list of healthy things to eat. But Dr. Victoria Maizes thinks we’re all idiots. The well-meaning physician is on a crusade to end the reign of terror these cute, conspiring girl scouts have been perpetrating–with their sweet smiles and even sweeter baked goods. Thin mints, Dr. Maizes writes in a CNN editorial, contain “refined white flour, sugar, partially hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup.”
But that’s not all–Dr. Maizes points out that it’s not just all about obesity and heart disease. Girl Scout cookies may increase the risk of cancer, she writes. Because almost all the sugar beets and corn grown in the US come from GMO crops engineered to withstand Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup Ready. And Roundup’s key ingredient is Glysophate, which is likely a carcinogen. “Suddenly those cookies seem less benign, don’t they?” writes Maizes. No, no they don’t. Thanks a lot. (Note: Maizes might herself be considered dangerous as her surname is another word for corn.) Also helpful to remember is this: Girl Scout Cookies are cookies. Cookies are not really good for you.