Don’t worry about the little stuff.
That’s what I always tell people who are just starting out going vegan.
Focus on the larger areas of your diet and the positive impact you’re making and don’t get too concerned with the minutiae until you’re ready.
This is partly because when you start to look at the ingredients lists of packaged, processed foods, you’re in for a very confusing ride. Long chemical names and similar-sounding ingredients seem almost designed to prevent us from getting a solid understanding of what we’re eating.
But while you may try to make as much food as you can from scratch, you’ll often want and need to buy packaged foods.
I wanted to share with you a few prevalent animal-derived ingredients often hidden in packaged foods. There are plenty more, but these are some common ones. What’s sneaky is that they often show up in foods that you’d have no reason to think weren’t vegan! Furthermore, these items go by a variety of names. Inform yourself as best you can, but know that “mistakes” are somewhat inevitable.