Olympic athletes don’t have pepper in their dishes. Experts explain why

2022-05-29 0 By

The opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was held at the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest, on February 4.The People’s Daily Health App found 678 dishes on the “Winter Olympics menu” posted on the official account “Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics”, featuring delicacies from around the world.But pepper is not on the menu for athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.Sun Mengwei, deputy director of the Shanghai Sports Science Research Institute and deputy director of the Shanghai Anti-Doping Center, told Health Times: “The Olympic Games are in accordance with the level 1 prevention and control standards, and even stricter standards, according to the level 1 requirements, such as pepper should be used with caution.””Pepper contains northrophine, which belongs to food-borne stimulant. Food-borne stimulant refers to prohibited substances that may be contained in food, including stimulant ingredients naturally existing or used or added to remain in general food and health food from production to processing.”In addition to pepper, noraconine is a benzyl isoquinoline alkaloid found in plants such as zanthoxylum, lotus seeds and sakya fruits, Sun explained.That means lotus seeds, Chinese prickly ash and sakya nuts are also banned from the dishes.Yang Chen, chief chef of Yanqing Village for the 2022 Winter Olympics, also said pepper would not be on the menu for Olympic athletes because it is a food-borne stimulant.In addition, 48 kitchen common condiments and raw materials such as bay leaf cannot appear.According to Beijing 2022, the winter Olympic villages in the three competition areas will use the same menu recipe, with about 200 dishes selected every day for athletes from all over the world. The menus will be rotated in an eight-day cycle to meet the needs of athletes from different countries, regions, ethnic groups and dietary habits.On November 23, 2021, the Anti-Doping Center of the General Administration of Sport issued the Guidelines on The Prevention and Control of Foodborne Doping in Large-scale Events.”The food provided by the official venues of the Games should not contain any Chinese medicinal materials containing the alkaloid, such as oxgall, aconite, aconite, aconite, aconite, Asarum, Lotus seed, lotus seed heart, Shigaya, diskin seed, Chinese yam, jade bamboo, Huaishan mountain, Phellodendron phellodendron, etc. Other ingredients such as geraniums, Chinese pepper and pepper should be used with caution.”