Healthy Snacks Free of the Top 8 Food Allergens That You Will Want to Invest In
Are you or your children among the estimated 15 million Americans with life-threatening food allergies? If so, then you may want to invest in your and your family’s health by supporting a Kickstarter campaign for a new company called “88 Acres” that promises to produce healthy snacks that are free of the top 8 food allergens.
The company 88 Acres is the brainchild of entrepreneur couple Nicole Ledoux and Robert Dalton that was conceived following Robert’s near-fatal allergy attack during a dinner date with Nicole from a meal that was cross-contaminated with nuts.
Tree nuts are just one of the top 8 food allergens that put many people like Robert at risk of unintentionally having their last meal. The other 7 allergens are milk, fish, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, soy and wheat. As reported by Dr. Oz, many of these allergens are hidden in many food products.
According to a news report issued by Northeastern University where Robert is a graduate of, his and Nicole’s near-fatal experience with his food allergy reaction prompted them to investigate healthy snacks that they could both enjoy and still be safe for Robert.
“It was Nicole’s first experience with food allergies,” Dalton explained, “and it really sparked us to learn about what snack foods were on the market that were not only safe enough for me but also marketed effectively and tasted good enough for Nicole to enjoy as well.”
After nearly a year and a half of research into snack foods that included studying existing brands, creating their own recipes and receiving much-needed advice from advisors with industry experience with other consumer product companies such as Kashi, Bear Naked, and Kellogg, Robert and Nicole launched 88 Acres as their business with funding assistance from a Kickstarter campaign that is in effect until Oct. 22, 2013.
Kickstarter is a program that helps generate funding for creative projects through donations from interested people in the public who believe in what someone wants to accomplish and wish to become a part of its creation. Funding through Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal for entrepreneurs—projects must reach their funding goals by a specified deadline in order to receive any money.
As of now Nicole and Robert have surpassed their $20,000 startup funding goal with a total of $27,148 from 309 backers to make their company a reality. The popularity of their business proposal and plan is evident from the fact that they met their $20,000 goal within just the first 60 hours of the start of their funding quest.
According to the couple, their goal is to create healthy snacks that are free of the top 8 food allergens, and made with simple, wholesome ingredients that offer great taste and a safe eating experience for people with food allergies.
With the funding they have received from backers they will soon begin production of their first 3 allergen-free snack bars:
The Triple Berry Bar―consisting of sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds, gluten-free certified oats, maple and brown rice syrup, cranberries and blueberries, zante currants, cinnamon and sea salt.
The Chocolate and Sea Salt Bar―consisting of sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds, gluten-free certified oats, maple and brown rice syrup, vegan dark chocolate and sea salt.
The Apple and Ginger Bar― consisting of sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds, gluten-free certified oats, maple and brown rice syrup, apples and golden raisins, crystalized ginger, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt.
Estimated availability of their allergen-free snack bars is set for February of 2014. Donations will be accepted up to Oct. 22nd for those who want to contribute. Contributions of $25 and higher will be rewarded with a variety of gift packages of their initial snack bar products plus some extras based on the contribution amount.
For an informative article about a hidden milk allergen in classrooms, click-on the titled link, “Children with Milk Allergies Need to Avoid This One Hidden Milk Allergen in School.”
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