Sir Michael Caine has credited his good health with the lessons he learned about nutrition during World War II.
The 88-year-old actor detailed his diet as a young man 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. I caught some of the food myself because I could run from a rabbit.
He also noted that eating lots of fish for “15 years” and living off war rations was a “healthy thing by accident”.
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 World War II
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 dad was a Billingsgate fish market porter and he was a big gambler, so he never bought steak because it was too expensive, but he used to chop a lot of fish.”
The veteran actor continued, ‘So for 15 years I ate fish, all kinds of fish you can imagine, and I later realized it was a very healthy thing.’
Caine also remarked, ‘Another random healthy thing for me was World War II, you could not get any sugar, you could not get any of the drinks you have now with all this sugar in.’
Rations: He also noted that eating lots of fish for ’15 years’ and living off war rations was a ‘random healthy thing’ (pictured: British ration books from 1941 and 1948)
Regarding his years in the country after being evacuated from London, Caine continued: ‘Then I was evacuated to the country away from the smog, which at the time in Bermondsey was terrible because everyone had coal fires.
‘I lived on a farm for six years. The food was wonderful. I caught some of the food myself because I could run from a rabbit, I used to catch a rabbit with a stick and give it to my mother to cook for dinner. ‘
He recalled: ‘Pheasant, partridge, I can remember all those things. When I think back on it, I was very lucky in terms of health. ‘
Country life: Caine detailed her diet as a young person in a new interview and explained: ‘I was evacuated to the country away from the smog’ [and] I lived on a farm for six years’
Evacuated: The actor was one of millions of young Britons who moved out of cities and into the countryside during the war to avoid bombs dropped by German soldiers (stock photo)
Caine also remembered that his mother encouraged him to eat healthy food.
“My mother insisted that I eat porridge for breakfast for 15 years,” he said.
‘We also had fresh vegetables because we lived on a farm so we would go and chop a cabbage.’
As for his own skill in the kitchen, the screen star insisted that he make ‘the best fried potatoes you will ever taste’.
“I’m the one in the house in charge of Sunday lunch, I make roast beef, fried lamb, for Christmas I make turkey,” he explained, adding, “I supposedly make the best fried potatoes anyone has ever eaten. It’s me very good at ‘.
Caine even shared her technique, revealing, ‘The trick is that once they’s boiled, it’s just mashing them a little bit, cracking them up, getting oil on them and baking them again so the oil is baked inside.’
Impressive: As for his own skill in the kitchen, the screen star insisted that he make ‘the best fried potatoes you will ever taste’
As for his favorite comfort, Caine admitted that his worldwide fame has influenced his palette.
‘Many years ago it was sausage and mash, and now it’s caviar!’
This is not the first time the star has credited living in the countryside in his early years for his healthy diet.
In 2019, Caine revealed how being evacuated to the country during World War II was ‘one of the best things that ever happened’ 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 little brother Stanley.
Comfort Food: As for his favorite comfort, Caine admitted that his worldwide fame has influenced his palette (pictured in 1956 in his debut film A Hill In Korea)
He said that living on a farm during the war and eating organic food without chemicals did wonders for his health and growth.
Speaking on BBC radio at the time, he said: ‘When you think of World War II, from my point of view, it was one of the best things that happened to me.
“For a start, you could only get organic food for six years. I grew up completely with organic food and never any chemicals.
‘You could not 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 country during World War II was ‘one of the best things that ever happened’ to him