Okay, I read the accounting of GoLite’s Co-Founder and President Demetri Coupounas (Coup) 19 day, 468 mile thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. In his list of gear, his food was all natural and consisted of almost 40 pounds of food for a planned 21 days;
"FOOD - Dried Mango (6 lbs), Dried Bananas (6 lbs), Dried Figs (6 lbs), Dried Papaya (6 lbs), Dried Jackfruit (5 lbs), Dried Goji Berries (18 oz), Dates (1lb), Kelp (22 oz), Cacao Nibs (3 lbs.), Pecans (1 lb), Almonds (1 lb), Macademia Nuts (1 lb), and Pistachios (1 lb)."
I also read that he lost about 23 pounds over these 19 days, which I am not surprised. I would also suspect many cat holes along the trail with this much fruit.
My question is for any nutritionist out there, as to how nutritious this type of diet would be for a 5 to 9 day hike along part of the Continental Divide? I don't believe I would starve to death, but how much damage could the muscles encounter? Also, it might be a long time before I would ever touch another piece of fruit!