Why is nucleic acid not on nutrition labels?

1 Answer
Mar 2, 2018

Virtually all food contains nucleic acids, so there is no purpose and no benefit from stating this fact on nutrition labels.


What kind of food do you think doesn't have nucleic acid (DNA and RNA)?

All living things are made of cells.

All cells come from pre-existing cells by transmitting nucleic acids from the parent cell to the new cell.

That means that every food that we derive from a living thing is chock full of nucleic acids in every one of its cells.

All food from plants and animals is made of cells, and every one of those cells has a nucleus containing DNA and RNA.

Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains -- they are all made entirely of cells, with nucleic acids in all the nuclei of all their cells.

It isn't meaningful to write this fact on nutrition labels because no animal or plant experiences a deficiency of nucleic acids.

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#color(white)(mmmmmmm)#Foods that do not contain nucleic acids

There are some things which we commonly ingest that never were derived from living things in the first place:
• Water
• Salt
• Soda pop

Some things are the products of living things, but not exactly made of cells. They have only tiny amounts of DNA, or just a few accidentally-introduced nuclei.
• Milk
• Dairy products such as butter and yogurt
• Eggs
• Broth
• Honey
• Asian birds' nest soup
• Blood
(When fully developed, the red blood cells of mammals do not have a nucleus, but the red blood cells of birds retain a nucleus even when mature.)

There are other things that possibly may no longer have nucleic acids because of over-processing:
• Jell-O
• Fruit roll-ups
• Clear jelly
• Kool-Aid
• Chewing gum
• Some candy
• Refined sugars and starches such as white flour

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I've seen bottles in the drugstore labeled

"#DNA#" or "#"Nucleic Acid"#"

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But these are swindles, so don't give them any of your money.
This particular product costs almost $20.

Notice that this label from the back of the bottle says "Daily values are not established."
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