The number of people living with allergies seems to be on the rise, with it being one of the most common chronic diseases in Europe. According to the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, 1 in 3 people in the UK are affected by some sort of allergy.
Amongst the different types of allergies there are, those relating to food also seem to be increasing, The Food Standards Agency, estimates there are around 2 million people living with a diagnosed food allergy in the UK.
Top 8 Challenge Day challenges you 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?
The challenge was started by ausEE, an Australian non-profit organisation, to raise awareness around those affected by eosinophilic disorders.
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder which causes 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 huge 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 spread the message 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 in many ways. You can remove as many of the top allergens from your diet as you want, so you can choose to eliminate only one, 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 aim is to raise awareness around EGIDs, so tell your family and friends and share it on your social media profiles using 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. Fodbods offer a wide range of snack bars that are certified FODMAP friendly, Pico Chocolate have a variety of vegan chocolate bars and Promise Gluten-free bake gluten-free goodies such as bread, cakes and muffins.
At Mr Lee’s we also offer some allergy friendly options. Our range of vegan and gluten-free porridges are the perfect fit for your breakfast and our Hong Kong Street Beef rice noodles are made with real pieces of vegetables and meat and with 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]