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Why Stabilized Rice Bran Is Better Than Raw Rice Bran for Horses

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Did you know that not all rice brans are not created equal?  Do you know the difference between stabilized rice bran and raw rice bran?  Raw rice bran products are available for purchase at a lower cost, but horse owners need to be aware of significant dangers that can result from feeding raw rice bran.  Be sure to check your bag to make sure you are feeding a stabilized rice bran, like Max-E Glo®. So what are the four main differences?

1. Quality: Stablized Rice Brans, such as Max-E-Glo®, are manufactured with very high quality standards.  In fact, the rice bran in Max-E-Glo® is the same rice bran that is utilized in human foods. 

Max-E-Glo Rice Bran from Manna ProDid you know that some rice mills routinely add “cleanings” (dust, weed seeds, floor sweepings, foreign materials) from their milling process back into the rice bran product flow. Ick!  They do this to eliminate waste materials and eliminate costs associated with the disposal of their waste stream which is fine for them, but a concern to you because it dilutes the feed you purchase with non-nutritious (or worse, harmful) materials. The rice mills where stabilized rice bran is produced use special cleaning equipment that eliminates this common practice.  

2. Free Radicals + Fatty Acids

Raw rice bran obtained from rice mills contain very active, naturally occurring enzymes.  Left unchecked, these enzymes rapidly convert beneficial oils present in the bran into free fatty acids and free radicals.  High levels of these free fatty acids and free radicals in equine feed present problems.  The problems include palatability and acceptance as the raw rice bran goes rancid.  The end result is that animals lose weight because they simply refuse to eat the bran. The technology used to make Max-E-Glo® Stabilized Rice Bran addresses this fundamental problem by deactivating enzymes that cause free fatty acid levels to increase.  A proprietary stabilization equipment is used to ensure that rice bran is processed as efficiently as possible, but more importantly, it is a stable as possible.  

3. Bacterial, Fungal, and Mycotoxin Contamination

Raw rice bran can contain relatively high levels of bacteria and fungi.  These microbes are naturally present in the environment and grow on rice while still in the field.  Since raw rice bran is not heat treated, these microbes can be present in high numbers which creates two problems for horse owners.  First, pathogenic bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella are toxic when consumed and can cause serious health problems for horses including death.  Second, non-pathogenic bacteria utilize rice bran as food for their growth which significantly reduces thelab testing of rice bran for horses nutrition quality of the feed.  Max-E-Glo® Stabilized Rice Bran undergoes a proprietary process where rice bran is heated under special conditions to reduce and eliminate pathogenic bacteria.  Additionally, the microbial content is constantly checked with extensive lab testing.

4. Pesticides and Freshness

It is scary to think you could be feeding your horse pesticides. As you can imagine, human grade rice bran (like Max-E-Glo®) has much more stringent limitations on pesticides than some raw, lower cost brans.  Max-E-Glo® Stabilized Rice Bran undergoes testing in third party labs to test for the presence of pesticides, ensuring that the stabilized rice bran meets US FDA regulations.  Additionally, Max-E-Glo® is routinely tested to ensure the delivery of the nutrients promised on our package.  Also, Max-E-Glo® is guaranteed fresh for at least one year, verses raw rice bran which degrades very quickly.  

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There you have it!  Stabilized rice bran verses raw rice bran.

Visit our website to learn more about Max-E Glo or click here to download a $5 off coupon for Max-E Glo Stabilized Rice Bran!

Jennifer Serot

Jennifer Serot

Jennifer is the newest member of the Manna Pro Equine Team. She has been riding and showing dressage for 20 years and enjoys spending time with her Connemara pony. Jennifer graduated with her BSBA and MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.

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