The three main reasons to find milk alternative and switch from dairy to non-dairy milk are: if you’re a lactose intolerant, an advocate of animal rights, or on a whole plant-based diet.

Also, for the environment. As it is becoming widely known that the environmental impact of the dairy industry in climate change is huge due to land use, water use, and cows’ burp, fart, and poop which releases methane gas. Thus “greenhouse gas emissions used in the production of plant-based milks are lower than for dairy milk.
The definition of non-dairy milk is containing nothing that is made from cow’s milk. Samples of non-dairy milk products:
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk*
  • Oat milk
  • Rice milk

My reason for switching to non-dairy milk is because I want to completely become on plant-based diet. As of the moment, I am still not 100% on it. So I went to the supermarket to find and check non-dairy milk brands here in the Philippines.

Non-dairy milk brands in the Philippines:

    1. Milky Soy Milk (Php 78.50) 1L

Ingredients: Soybeans, Water, Sugar, and Lecithin.

    1. Lactasoy Soy Milk (Php 72.50) 1L

Ingredients: Soymilk (Water and Soybean), Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Vegetable Fat (Palm Oil and Coconut Oil), Salt, Stabilizer (E466). (This product contains soybean and milk powder.)

    1. Westsoy Soymilk (Php 214.50) 946mL

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans. Contains: Soy.

    1. Rice Dream Rice Milk (Php 199.50) 946mL

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Brown Rice (Partially Milled), Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Vanilla Flavor with Other Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

    1. Silk Almond Milk (Php 174.50) 946mL

Ingredients: Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Contains 2% or less of: Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetatem Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid (to Protect Flavor.) Contains Almond. Produced in a facility that also processes soy and other nuts.

    1. Blue Diamond Almond Milk (Php 42.50) 180mL

Ingredients: Almond Milk (Filtered Water and Almonds), Raw Cane Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Vitamin E, Food additives (Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Licithin, Gellan Gum). Naturalimitation Flavor Added. Contains Tree Nut (Almond).

    1. Soyfresh Soya Milk (Php 62.50) 1 Litre

Ingredients: Soya Bean Extract, Water, Cane Sugar, Corn Oil, Calcium, Maltodextrin, Salt and Vitamins (B2, B1, A, D, B12). Contains Emulsifier (471), Stabiliser (407,401, 412) and Acidity Regulator (340,501) as Permitted Food Conditioner and Permitted Flavouring. Contains Soya. May Contain Gluten and Eggs.

Does non-dairy milk go bad?But of course! While non-dairy milk certainly lasts longer than dairy milk, it will still go bad. As for how many days before it go bad, you should check if your non-dairy milk is still OK by its 7th day from the day it’s opened. Keep it refrigerated. Away from the door of the refrigerator. Best in the middle of the fridge near the freezer but not close to froze it. Don’t drink milk straight from its package as it will ensure faster spoilage because bacteria from your mouth will be transferred to the milk. Once the package is opened, make sure to close tightly before putting it back inside your fridge. And if unopened, store it away from direct sunlight or direct heat It’s best to look for any instruction on the package for storage instruction to lengthen the storage life of your non-dairy milk. Clear signs that non-dairy milk has gone bad:

  • Look it has solidified and has a thick texture
  • The smell is off or sour
  • Taste is sour (only try to taste a little!)
  • Package is bloated

*Plus, according to Reddit u/plantbaseddiet, “Avoid coconut milk/cream due to very high saturated fat and total fat. A can of coconut milk can contain more than 1 week’s worth of saturated fat. Instead, use almond/cashew milk instead for flavour.” So use and consume coconut milk/cream, moderately!

As much as I want to use Westsoy Soymilk. It is a little pricey. So for a non-dairy milk here in the Philippines, I will stick to Milky Soy Milk (Php 78.50) 1L. Aside from I can read and pronounce its ingredients clearly, Milky Soy Milk also is afforable for my budget.