Scientists in Germany have found a chemical in SPINACH that's close to steroids.  They say it's so effective that spinach should be a BANNED substance for athletes.

The chemical is called ecdysterone.

The scientists ran a test where some athletes ate almost NINE pounds of spinach a day and some didn't . . . and the ones who ate the spinach increased their strength up to three times more.

The World Anti-Doping Authority says it's planning to look more into spinach based on the results of this study

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