Eat popcorn, cheese for healthy aging!

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Want to know the secret of healthy aging.

According to a research, people who eat a balanced diet, don`t smoke, and exercise regularly lead longer, healthier lives. The following tips can help you focus on foods for key parts of the body that are important to healthy aging:

- Bones: String cheese is not just for the young. Add calcium to your diet by snacking on a stick of string cheese when hunger strikes.

- Muscles: For a quick and easy snack, look for a nutrition bar with added soy protein or add a packet of soy or whey protein to your favourite smoothie.

- Eyes: Punch up your intake of the eye-popping nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin by making a spinach salad with slices of oranges. Many multivitamin and mineral dietary supplements also include lutein.

- Heart: Popcorn is a great source of whole grains.

- Mind: Salmon or tuna that is canned in water or in a shelf-stable pouch can make easy and affordable meals.

A positive attitude and regular physical activity are also key to maintaining good health at any age.