Michael Caine reveals lessons he learned about nutrition after being evacuated from London


Sir Michael Caine has credited his good health with the lessons he learned about nutrition during World War II.

The actor, 88, detailed his diet as a youngster in a new interview, explaining: ‘I was evacuated to the country away from the smog [and] I lived on a farm for six years. The food was wonderful. Some of the food I caught myself because I could outrun a rabbit.’

He also noted that eating plenty of fish for ’15 years’ and living off war rations was an ‘accidental healthy thing’.

Healthy diet: Sir Michael Caine, 88, has revealed the important lessons he learned about nutrition after being evacuated from London to escape Nazi bombings during WWII

Healthy diet: Sir Michael Caine, 88, has revealed the important lessons he learned about nutrition after being evacuated from London to escape Nazi bombings during WWII

Speaking on the River Cafe Table 4 podcast he said: ‘I was born in Bermondsey which is South London.

‘My memory of food is this: my father was a Billingsgate fish market porter and he was a big gambler so he never bought steak because it was too dear but he used to nick a lot of fish.’

The veteran actor continued: ‘So for 15 years I ate fish, every kind of fish you can imagine and I later realised it was a very healthy thing.’

Caine also noted: ‘Another accidental healthy thing for me was the Second World War, you couldn’t get any sugar, you couldn’t get any of those drinks you have now with all this sugar in it.’

Rations: He also noted that eating plenty of fish for '15 years' and living off war rations was an 'accidental healthy thing' (pictured: British ration books from 1941 and 1948)

Rations: He also noted that eating plenty of fish for ’15 years’ and living off war rations was an ‘accidental healthy thing’ (pictured: British ration books from 1941 and 1948)

Touching upon his years spent in the countryside after being evacuated from London, Caine went on: ‘Then I was evacuated to the country away from the smog which in Bermondsey then was terrible because everyone had coal fires.

‘I lived on a farm for six years. The food was wonderful. Some of the food I caught myself because I could outrun a rabbit, I used to catch a rabbit with a stick and give it to my mother to cook for dinner.’

He reminisced: ‘Pheasant, partridge, I remember all those things. Thinking back on it, health wise I was very lucky.’

Countryside living: Caine detailed his diet as a youngster in a new interview, explaining: ' I was evacuated to the country away from the smog [and] I lived on a farm for six years'

Countryside living: Caine detailed his diet as a youngster in a new interview, explaining: ‘ I was evacuated to the country away from the smog [and] I lived on a farm for six years’

Evacuees: The actor was one of millions of young Britons moved out of cities and into the countryside during the war to avoid bombs dropped by German soldiers (stock image)

Evacuees: The actor was one of millions of young Britons moved out of cities and into the countryside during the war to avoid bombs dropped by German soldiers (stock image)

Caine also recalled his mother encouraging him to eat healthy foods.

‘My mother insisted I ate porridge for breakfast for 15 years,’ he shared.

‘We also had fresh vegetables because we lived on a farm so we would go and nick a cabbage.’

As for his own prowess in the kitchen, the screen star insisted he makes ‘the best roast potatoes you will ever taste’.

‘I’m the one in the house responsible for Sunday lunch, I do roast beef, roast lamb, at Christmas I do the turkey,’ he explained, adding: ‘I do, allegedly, the best roast potatoes anybody has ever eaten, I’m very good at that.’

Caine even shared his technique, revealing: ‘The trick is that when they’re cooked, is to mash them just a little bit, crack them open, put oil on them and bake them again so the oil is baked inside.’

Impressive: As for his own prowess in the kitchen, the screen star insisted he makes 'the best roast potatoes you will ever taste'

Impressive: As for his own prowess in the kitchen, the screen star insisted he makes ‘the best roast potatoes you will ever taste’ 

As for his favourite comfort good, Caine admitted his world-wide fame has influenced his palette.

‘Years ago it was sausage and mash and now it’s caviar!’

It’s not the first time the star has credited living in the countryside during his early years for his healthy diet.

In 2019, Caine revealed how being evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War was ‘one of the best things to ever happen’ to him.

The actor was moved from south London to North Runcton near King’s Lynn in Norfolk at the age of seven, along with his mother Ellen and younger brother Stanley.

Comfort food: As for his favourite comfort good, Caine admitted his world-wide fame has influenced his palette (pictured in 1956 in his debut film A Hill In Korea)

Comfort food: As for his favourite comfort good, Caine admitted his world-wide fame has influenced his palette (pictured in 1956 in his debut film A Hill In Korea)

He said that living on a farm for the duration of the war and eating organic food with no chemicals did wonders for his health and growth.

Speaking on BBC radio at the time, he said: ‘When you think in terms of the Second World War, from my point of view, it was one of the best things that happened to me.

‘For a start, for six years, you could only get organic food. I grew up completely on organic food and never any chemicals.

‘You couldn’t get sugar, sweet chocolate and all this, and cakes. I spent four and a half years down there and I lived and worked on the farm.’

'Best thing': In 2019, Caine revealed how being evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War was 'one of the best things to ever happen' to him

‘Best thing’: In 2019, Caine revealed how being evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War was ‘one of the best things to ever happen’ to him 

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