Brigham Young Will Provide Caffeinated Soft Drinks

Ebony Scott
September 23, 2017

Mormons avoid drinking coffee and tea.

"Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine".

Even after that, BYU, which is owned and operated by the Mormon Church, declined to sell the soft drinks.

But the university says it is seeing demand now.

"Until more recently, Dining Services rarely received requests for caffeinated soda".

And students seem pretty excited. The university consistently resisted calls for a caffeinated campus, insisting its consumers did not want it. "I am so happy".

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In recent years, a student-led grass-roots effort emerged to allow soda dispensers into the cafeteria and other buildings to sell caffeinated drinks. The university will continue to offer caffeine-free versions for sale as well.

In 2012 the Mormon church clarified its policy on caffeine, paving the way for Thursday's decision.

The college, owned by the Mormon church, quietly ended its 60-year ban on caffeinated soda sales on Thursday. "The Church's health guidelines prohibits alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and "hot drinks" - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee", the church wrote at the time. "Nor should members use harmful or habit-forming substances except under the care of a competent physician".

You can have a Coke and a smile on the campus of Brigham Young University. A group of entrepreneurial students recognized the demand earlier and launched a soda-delivery business.

"Caffeinated soft drinks have never been banned from campus", she said. Employees don shirts that say, "I'm a caffeine dealer". He responds: "The answer is yes!" But the dining halls will only sell Coca Cola products. Pepsi and Mountain Dew became fair game. "We are simply working to meet the preferences of our customers".

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