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Girl Scout troop refuses to sell cookies over health concerns

July 19, 2012 | 11:41 am

One Orange County Girl Scout troop has decided not to sell Girl Scout cookies, opting for a healthier alternative instead.

Monica Serratos of Ladera Ranch and her Daisy Troop 2753 will display a Girl Scouts 100th anniversary "cake" made of fruit at the Orange County Fair on July 27 as part of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

Serratos wants to praise scouting at the fair, but also call attention to the fact that cookies aren't good for children who already get too much sugar at school and at home.

Serratos, 31, asked parents in her troop a couple of months ago to discuss with their daughters whether to opt out of selling cookies.

While the majority of parents were supportive, one who wanted her daughter to experience the long-standing Girl Scout tradition of selling Trefoils and Do-si-dos splintered off, she said, forming another troop.

Serratos asked Girl Scout officials to sell fruit cakes to raise money in June but her request was denied.

"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 said in an email.

Serratos said she isn't entirely opposed to sweets. She's a baker who competed on "Cupcake Wars" and delivered her confections to the Academy Awards.

As a Viejo Elementary School volunteer in her daughter's classroom, Serratos noticed children eating sweets on far too many occasions.

"They come to school with juice boxes, fruit snacks, chocolate granola bars," she said, noting that children are often rewarded with sugar. "That all adds up."

Serratos said she also takes issue with the ingredients in Girl Scout cookies, specifically cotton seed oil and palm oil, the latter of which some environmental groups say leads to deforestation.


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