It’s Girl Scout cookie time! For a majority of people this is the best news you’ve heard all day. Whether you like Thin Mints, Carmel Delights or the Shortbread, for only $4 a box (and tax-deductible), your mouth most likely is watering at the thought. In fact, We bet you’re running to your newest Girl Scout to place your order. But for some, Girl Scout cookie time is bittersweet. They remember what it’s like to be a Girl Scout or how delicious Peanut Butter Patties are, but due to dietary restrictions such as a gluten intolerance, they can’t enjoy them like they used to.
Thankfully, Girl Scouts of America read your mind and this year they’re introducing gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookies in certain markets. Although not available everywhere, Girl Scouts of America felt that there was a need for gluten-free cookies as more and more Americans are unable to tolerate gluten in their diets. Whether or not these cookies will sell is still up in the air, but it’s great to see Girl Scouts setting the pace for gluten-free baked goods.
Gluten, a protein that’s found in processed grains such as wheat and rye as well as most proceeded foods is hard for numerous people to digest. In turn, this causes bloating, stomach ache and a whole slew of problems. While most instances of gluten intolerance are mild, those suffering from Celiac Disease get extremely sick when eating gluten. According to Statisticbrain.com, 5-10% of people around the world suffer from gluten sensitivity while of 1 out of every 133 Americans have Celiac Disease (that’s 3 million people). And the numbers are just increasing.
While it’s undeniable that more and more gluten-free foods are being sold in stores, there are rarely any popular brands that have introducing gluten-free snacks and baked goods. If these gluten-free Girl Scout cookies do well, this could be a turning point for the gluten-free industry. It’s unknown how well these chocolate chip shortbread cookies are selling, but it tells a lot about where the gluten-free industry is headed in the future.