Author: Francesca - Mr Lee's Team
The number of people living with allergies seems to be on the rise. Allergic disease currently affects more than 4 million people in Australia, with many of them having more than one allergy. According to the Australiasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), “food allergy occurs in around 10% of infants, 4-8% of children, and about 2% of adults in Australia and New Zealand.”
Top 8 Challenge Day issues a challenge to remove the top 8 food allergens; dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish from your diet on the 8th August.
Why was Top 8 Challenge Day created?
This challenge was started by ausEE, an Australian charity, to raise awareness around those affected by eosinophilic disorders.
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder which causes symptoms such as pain, nausea, acid reflux and dysphagia, swallowing difficulties. Like with other gastrointestinal conditions, there’s no specific cure, only strategies to help manage the symptoms. Those affected by this condition normally have to adapt their diet by removing the most common food allergens. This has a massive impact on their lives, affecting their social life, physical health and mental wellbeing.
AusEE created this campaign in order to raise money for medical research into EGIDs. By taking part in the Top 8 Challenge Day, not only can you contribute to raise awareness but you can also fundraise and help improve the lives of those suffering from EGIDs.
How to take part
You can take part in the Top 8 Challenge Day as you like. You can choose to eliminate only one allergen from your diet, several or all. You can also decide whether you want to do this for the whole day, or if you would rather just focus on one meal.
The main objective of this campaign is to raise awareness around EGIDs, so if you take part, make sure you tell your family and friends and share it on your social media profiles with the hashtag #top8challenge. Remember you can also fundraise, all the money will be donated to research.
If you have decided to take part in the Top 8 Challenge Day on the 8th of August you may be wondering what allergy friendly products you can buy.
Luckily, nowadays there are more businesses offering gut friendly foods out there than ever before. From brands like Fodbods that offer a wide range of snack bars certified FODMAP friendly and The Healthy Loaf offering gluten-free breads to companies like Pico Chocolate who have a variety of vegan chocolate bars and online stores that offer a range of allergy friendly biscuits, pasta and desserts.
Mr Lee’s Hong Kong Street Beef rice noodles are also allergy friendly. They are gluten-free, made with real pieces of vegetables and meat and contain no artificial additives.
*Caveat: Please make sure to check the ingredients before buying.
Let us know if you take part in the challenge, we would love to hear how you get on – [email protected]