Olympians Raise Own Food Fearing Conventional Meat

Olympians Raise Own Food Fearing Conventional Meat

by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist on February 25, 2012

in Fitness,Green living

Marathoners for China’s Olympic team set to compete this summer in London have gone to drastic measures to avoid banned steroids which could result in disqualification from the 2012 Summer Games.

They are raising their own chickens for food.


In addition to home raised poultry, they are eating yak meat from local herdsman in order to avoid eating restaurant and store bought meats which can contain the residue of banned chemicals such as clenbuterol, an anabolic steroid.

Clenbuterol is indeed a problem in the conventional meat industry where it is illegally used in animal feed to increase the leanness and protein content of meat.  People who consume meat from animals fed this steroid can experience headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations and gastic irritation.  Some people need to be hospitalized after exposure.

Clenbuterol has caused grief for top athletes before.  Alberto Contador blamed a steak dinner for his positive test during the 2010 Tour de France.   This case is currently under appeal.

Olympic gold medalist weightlifter Tong Wen cited her love affair with pork chops as the reason when she tested positive for the same agent and was banned from the sport for two years.  Clenbuterol is frequently added to steroid laced pig feed in China.

An official for the Chinese marathon team said:

“Since we don’t have a canteen to provide safe food, we have to cook meals ourselves because it is risky to eat at a street restaurant.” (Read more)

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