2018 Returning Pilot Schools: Harding County, Selby Area Schools, Winner, Alcester-Hudson, Warner, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Custer, Timber Lake, and Centerville.

New 2019 Participating Schools: Rapid City Central, Dakota Valley, Philip High, Sisseton, Newell, White river, Sioux Falls Christian, Wagner, Brandon Valley, Wolsey/Wessington, Huron, Chamberlain, Lemmon, Parker, North Border (4-school co-op), Viborg-Hurley and Mitchell. 

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Call: (605) 224-4722

Protein Background 

Introduction to Protein

Beef is known to be an excellent source of protein but what is protein and why is it important? According to the Institute of Medicine, proteins, along with carbohydrates and fats, comprise the three macro-nutrients that, when broken down (digested), supply energy to our bodies in the form of calories. Proteins have several important functions including providing structure to all cells of the human body, functioning as enzymes, transport carriers and hormones.  

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. If amino acids are the letters of the alphabet, proteins are the words they form. There are 20 amino acids, nine of which are essential - meaning the body cannot generate them on its own. Protein that comes from animal sources such as beef, poultry, fish, eggs, or dairy are complete, or high-quality, proteins, whereas most plant sources of protein tend to lack one or more essential amino acids and are thus considered "incomplete proteins".

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