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This grain specifically: https://shop.dextermill.com/products/non-gmo-oats-steam-rolled-50--467.html

Its steam rolled oats and dehulled. Is there any reason why I should NOT eat these? I already buy 50# bags of oats marketed towards humans, but is twice the price. Is there any difference?
 
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I would be concerned about it being non-organic. I read years ago, while doing deeper research into dog foods, that food grown for animal use often has much higher pesticides amount used on it; so high, in fact, that it isn't allowed for human consumption.
 
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I cant get a clear answer anywhere. I will try it out and see how it goes..

Can pesticides be tasted? I dont see why MORE pesticides would be used for animal consumption oats vs human. I believe its all the same stuff from the same field.
 
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Cameron, did you contact them and ask if they can be consumed by humans?  I'm just super curious what they would say.
 
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I dont see why MORE pesticides would be used for animal consumption oats vs human. I believe its all the same stuff from the same field.



I might be inclined to believe the same thing...

Still, the pesticides angle is worth investigating. Maybe the effects of the pesticides are cumulative and wouldn't tend to create significant harm within most livestock animals' lifetimes. Another possibility is that the grain crops are grown similarly, but the differences are in how it is stored/processed. They may be able to use lower quality (and cheaper) storage/processing procedures for the grain destined to be livestock feed - larger (but still small) amounts of rocks, bugs, or rodent excrement might be acceptable.
 
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Greg Martin wrote:Cameron, did you contact them and ask if they can be consumed by humans?  I'm just super curious what they would say.



I called stores, they dont know and said it looks the same as oatmeal. I called the number of the company on the package, the guy had a really thick accent couldn't really understand him but he said I could try it out basically and its just plain oats lol
 
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Cameron Miller wrote: I dont see why MORE pesticides would be used for animal consumption oats vs human. I believe its all the same stuff from the same field.



The attached link to an EPA page is an example of a product used in animal feed not allowed in food for humans, namely Propionic Acid. Page 2 and up is where it explains what it is and what it is used for.
https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/000464-00711-20100409.pdf
 
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Annie Collins wrote:

Cameron Miller wrote: I dont see why MORE pesticides would be used for animal consumption oats vs human. I believe its all the same stuff from the same field.



The attached link to an EPA page is an example of a product used in animal feed not allowed in food for humans, namely Propionic Acid. Page 2 and up is where it explains what it is and what it is used for.
https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/000464-00711-20100409.pdf



Wikipedia is stating that Propionic Acid is approved for use in even human food, including as a preservative in baked goods to inhibit mold growth.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propionic_acid

I dont know much about this stuff, but it seems logical to me there would be no additional additives to oat livestock feed vs oat grain bought at the store, why would it? These chemicals are dangerous to wildlife it states as well, so why would greater quantities be used for livestock oat grain if it may hurt the animals? Just doesnt make sense why they would add an extra step for livestock grain.

My only belief so far is that livestock grain may have more derbies in it (hay, stones, bugs, dung, etc) which I dont really think will be a huge impact. The livestock oats (which looks like quaker oats) is 1/2 the price so I am going to buy it and try it out. If it tastes funky I wont eat it. If it tastes the same (which I believe it will) I will continue to eat it.

I dont think anyone can really determine exactly how the oats are treated or processed. Common sense tells me all steam rolled oat grains are processed the same. The only difference may be groccery oats such as quaker oats goes through a few additional air funnels to filter out loose derbies so it looks "perfect" for the consumer.
 
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So, did they taste different?
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