Hi! What percentage of our daily diet should consist of nucleic acids?

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Currently, there is no established percentage of our daily diet that needs to require nucleic acids.* Nucleic acids are naturally made in the body therefore they are not essential in our diet.1 However, many foods that do contain nucleic acids, such as fruits and vegetables, happen to be nutritious for us! If you are looking for tips on how to build a balanced diet, use MyPlate!


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*Nucleic acids are molecules that have important functions in the storage and expression of genetic information and can be found in all living cells and viruses.2



1. Imafidon GI and Sosulski FW. Nucleic acid nitrogen of animal and plant foods. J. Agric. Food Chem., 1990, 38 (1), pp 118–120

2. “Nucleic Acid - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025752/