California Girl Scout Troop Refuses to Sell Sugary Cookies [POLL]
The Troop's Leader Cites Health Concerns, But She's a Baker Who Once Competed on Cupcake Wars
Her overall sentiment is good, but one Girl Scout troop leader and mom has taken her healthy eating ideas to an interesting level: she refuses to let her troop sell Girl Scout cookies.
Yet, California mom and troop leader Monica Serratos is a baker who has even competed on Food network's Cupcake Wars. So, um, are cupcakes healthier than cookies, especially cookies that are sold once a year (even though we can't find someone that sells them in our area even then, but we digress).
Serratos, 31, said she wanted to draw attention to the fact that kids don't need more sugary treats -- i.e. the cookies -- when they already have so many sugary treats in their daily diets.
Instead, she asked the national Girl Scout office if her troop could sell "cakes" made of fruit, and they refused.
"Girl Scout Daisy troops may not participate in fundraisers outside of our product sales programs (cookie sales and fall product sales), which have age-appropriate skill-building curriculum for Daisies," Girl Scouts communications manager Emilie Perkins responded, according to MNN.com.
Serratos says she was also concerned about ingredients like palm oil in the cookies, but still, we have to ask: are the cupcakes she makes (on national TV, no less) really so much healthier than a sugary snack people get once a year, and which do offer other benefits to Girl Scout troops?
Does Serratos have a point, or is she making much ado about Do-Si-Dos?
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