Let’s say you are one of the few passengers invinted on the three hour madien voyage of a big cruise ship. The Skipper tells first mate Gilligan to fill the cargo hole up with lifesavers.
Well, a violent storm hits and you get washed ashore on an uncharted desert isle. There is a fresh water spring, but no vegetation, and no fish around the island. The ship washes up, too damaged to be repaired, but with the cargo hole intact. And you discover Gilligan, that stupid little buddy, interpreted “lifesavers” to mean Lifesavers candy. You now have more Lifesavers than you can eat in two lifetimes. Fortunately, there are many different flavors.
How long could the average person live in this scenerio?
The Master addresses a virtually identical question here, which is really: “how long could you live with sufficient calories but a nutritionally devoid diet?” It seems scurvy will indeed be your acute problem, although Cecil’s mention of a two-year survival period was surprising.
I wonder if a persons body fat would have anything to do with it (yes, I realize this doesn’t answer the question). Would someone with more excess to burn survive longer without proper nutrition than someone who was very lean? My guess is no…you’d succumb to scurvy just as quickly whether or not you could live on fewer calories. But that’s only a guess. I’d like to hear what an expert has to say.
There might be something about fat stores containing fat soluble substances that get liberated when the fat stores are consumed, but I am not sure. Vitamin C is definitely not going to be stored in fat, but Vitamin E, D and A might be.
Yeah, that was a callback to an old Kids in the Hall joke (“If I were stranded on a desert island with one book, one movie and one album, I’d probably die of exposure.”) I always took people saying ‘desert island’ when talking about a deserted island like Glligan’s as being a common mistake everyone politely overlooked (like people who say ‘presently’ when they mean ‘at present’ or ‘currently’).
Desert=deserted. In older usage you sometimes see forests and other wilderness refered to as “desert” because no one lives there.
So a desert island is an island with no inhabitants. Said island may or may not have very low rainfall. But note that tropical islands that have no reliable sources of fresh water are hard to live on. So islands that aren’t deserted probably aren’t deserts.
As near as I can tell, not even the fruit flavors of Lifesavers have any vitamin C in them. Every search I’ve done for the nutritional value of any fruity Lifesavers has come up with no listing for vitamin C whatsoever, like so.