Girl Scout Cookies

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yes
37 (80%)
No
9 (19%)

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Do you have a child who can't eat wheat/gluten?

Girl Scout Cookies are off limits -- not a single variety is gluten-free.

It's that time of year again, we are selling girl scout cookies and can't buy ANY. Girl Scout Cookies are back on sale, at an office, supermarket table or family event near you. And you're going to be hit up to buy a box or two, maybe TEN. If you are gluten sensitive you won't be able to eat ANY!

I have a 6 year old daughter who is in her second year of Daisy's, Girls Scouts starting out division for young girls, and she has gluten intolerance. She can't eat gluten, wheat, rye, barley or oats. We try to keep my daughter’s life as normal as possible. However when the world is FILLED with gluten and we have lack of education regarding gluten sensitivity, it's hard.

One would ask why I send my daughter to Girl Scouts (Daisy's).

Well, it's very important to me that my daughter live as normal as possible. It's hard keeping her free of gluten in a gluten filled society. With gluten being in birthday cakes, school parties, and the class room. We are fortunate to have a great school district and amazing teachers who help keep our daughter free of gluten, however gluten is everywhere.

The Girl Scout mission is 'Courage,Confidence and Character'. Three 'C' words I want my daughter to be a part of.

Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

I believe and so do many other parent one thing: Girl Scouts truly need to follow their own mission, and introduce a cookie that is safe for the many, many people with food allergies and food intolerances; not just gluten.

Here is a quote from Girl Scout FAQ:

'Why don't you offer cookies that are whole-wheat, wheat-free, non-dairy, dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, organic, low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, low-fat, non-fat, fat-free, etc.?

A: The demand for specialty cookie formulations is simply not great enough to make it economically feasible to offer a variety of specialty types. Of all the different possible formulations, sugar-free seems to be the most popular, yet in the past, even the sugar-free Girl Scout cookies that have been offered have had to be discontinued due to lack of demand. Our bakers continue to experiment and develop formulations that balance the best tasting cookies using the healthiest ingredients.'

AYFKM? The demand is not great enough?

Food allergies and food intolerance is on the rise.

Today, food allergies/food intolerance are becoming more and more common. The number of people who have a food allergy or food intolerance is growing at a very concerning rate.

Consider these facts:

  • Millions are allergic to wheat - it is, after all, one of the top eight allergens.
  • Nearly 3 million people have celiac disease (although sadly, most don’t know it and probably never will). It’s the most common genetic disease of mankind (yet for every person diagnosed, 140 will go undiagnosed).
  • Remarkable numbers of autistic kids (including Asperger’s and others on the PDD-NOS spectrum) are showing improvement on a gluten-free/casein-free dietary protocol.
  • Many autoimmune diseases other than celiac disease show improvement in symptoms on a gluten-free diet.

I started a poll, located in top left hand corner of this blog, and I want parents, friends, family and anyone reading my blog to please vote and share it with others. Also, share your story in the comment section, and maybe we can pull together and let Girl Scouts know an allergy "friendly" cookie is needed.

5 comments:

Amy said...

I totally agree with you.
I am 16 years old now and from the age of 6 and a half i have had severe coeliacs disease, the amount of things i've had to give up and decline is rediculous! How hard would it be to make some wheat/gluten free when they are making thousands anyway??
Also it is not only people with allergies that would buy these as i know a number of people who have given up certain ingredients to live a healthier lifestyle.
I am with you 100%!

Anonymous said...

I think it is lazyness on the part of the cookie manufacturer. there are more and more kids being diagnosed and they need to get on the ball. they are making plenty of money on the other cookies. Parents of kids with allergies would certainly support their efforts. what is wrong with these manufacturers.

Anonymous said...

I totaly agree. Gluten free options should be available in all kinds of foods. Especially in foods that children are constantly exposed to. How can the Girl Scouts expect girls who have Celiac's Disease and/or Gluten Intolerence to sell the cookies they cannot eat? As a grandmother I would like to see more attention given to gluten free foods. I also feel that the expenss of these foods is outragious.

Wombat Central said...

I know from going gluten-free that any kind of decent cookie I find is like treasure found to me. Gluten-free GS cookies would be so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I find it sad that the makers of Girl Scout cookies feel that GF and sugar free are not money makers for them. I bet they have peanut free cookies for those with peanut allergies. Gluten causes far more diseases and problems for those affected.

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