The Nutritional Ages of Women

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Women have been waiting for this book. It is indeed, as its subtitle claims, “a lifetime guide to eating right for health, beauty, and well-being.” The author, a young nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, is straightforward, authoritative, and on-target in her presentation of fact and fiction about foods and their effects. Neither controversial nor evasive, she is convincing in her discussions of such topics as calcium needs, eating disorders, athlete’s needs, and weight control.

In the four major sections of this guide, Patricia Long considers “Life Cycle” needs from adolescence to old age; “Weight Control, Fitness, and Beauty,” “Disease Prevention,” and “Lifestyles"; the latter deals with such topics as the perils of the business lunch. Thoroughly indexed, the book also includes many helpful tables and charts, including vitamin sources and functions, a guide to nutrition information, food exchange lists, nutrient sources, and references to other books and articles. The recipe section, however, is too small to be useful; only ten recipes, from lentil soup to banana bran muffins, are included. This section seems like an afterthought in an otherwise thorough guide.

American women looking for a conservative approach to maintaining health will find this book helpful in that it deals realistically with so many concerns. As new research comes to light, some of this information will become outdated, but Long’s book will never be labeled faddish or harmful.