Since the meat raised in their country can commonly contain banned chemicals that might prevent them from competing, China's national marathon team is raising their own chickens for food as they train for the upcoming London Olympics.
One team official told a Shanghai newspaper:
"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."
One of the risks being referred to is Clenbuterol, a chemical which is considered a performance-enhancing drug by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Farmers are known to feed it to their livestock in an effort to produce leaner meat and bump up their price of their product.
It's pretty nuts to think that the Chinese eat banned substances every day! We certainly hope we aren't digesting that stuff here America, but we wouldn't be surprised to learn if we were.
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