The amount of people going vegan in the United States has been on the rise. In 2017, 6% of people living in this country stated that they lived a strict vegan lifestyle. While it’s healthy and ethically sound, there are certain issues that come from choosing to cut out animal products.

A Hunk Of Junk

Nobody ever said vegans can’t eat junk food. In fact, there are a plethora of snacks exclusively made for vegans. Much like with regular junk food, however, you’ll still gain weight if you eat too much. The vegan labeling may trick you into thinking these snacks are healthier, but you should still practice moderation.

Deprived Of Calories

Many vegans believe they’re actually getting more calories from a vegan diet since they typically eat more carbs, nuts, and other high-calorie items. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Without meat and animal products, the number of calories they do consume day to day will diminish. Vegans will have to put more on their plate in order to make up for those lost calories.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Many vegans feel that they’ve betrayed their lifestyle if they accidentally consume meat products. These incidents can happen browsing¬†various food trucks at town festivals, eating out at restaurants, or failing to read ingredient lists. At the end of the day, we’re all human. Mistakes can (and will) happen on a daily basis. It’s up to you to simply live and learn.

“Vegan” Doesn’t Mean “Safe”

When on a vegan diet, it’s easy to feel like you’re untouchable because you are eating healthier than most people. Unfortunately, no one is above getting a checkup at the doctor. You’ll still get the same colds and diseases as your typical meat eater. Visiting the doctor whenever you don’t feel good is important.

An Overabundance Of Protein

Protein is a very important part of our daily intake. Too much of it, however, can lead to weight gain, dehydration, and an increased risk of cancer. Many vegans tend to overcompensate for the lack of meat by overdoing it on protein,¬†but remember to take it slow with protein-filled foods such as soy and beans. On average, you’ll need about 56 grams of protein per day.