Owned BYU Adding Caffeinated Soda To Dining Menus

Utah's Brigham Young University (BYU) has lifted its decades-long ban on the sale of caffeinated drinks on campus.

Mormonism prohibits the drinking of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, but The Church of the Latter-day Saints ruled in 2012 that soft drinks do not conflict with church belief. The faith's reference to "hot drinks" is limited to tea and coffee.

In the statement, Wright said BYU will continue to honor their contract with Coca-Cola, they will not sell energy drinks and students will continue to have access to the caffeine-free beverages BYU already had.

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While many Mormons do avoid caffeinated soft drinks, LDS Doctrine and Covenants - the revelation Mormon prophet Joseph Smith says he received from God - only explicitly forbids the consumption of "hot drinks". So why the change, which will begin with the sale of canned and bottled soft drinks while campus soda fountains are adjusted?

According to the BBC, the move came as a surprise as the largest Mormon college in the United States has ensured it was "caffeine-free" since the 1950s.

Law student George Simmons tells member station KUER that the campus is buzzing about the change.

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"I absolutely love it". "Consumer preferences have clearly changed and requests have become much more frequent". The church in 2012 clarified that it's health codes known as "The Word of Wisdom" discourages the use of coffee and tea, tobacco and alcohol, but doesn't specifically ban soft drinks.

Amber Whiteley said she used to get nasty looks when she brought Mountain Dew to campus when she was a BYU student almost a decade ago.

BYU decided in the mid-1950s not to sell caffeinated beverages and the school has said it doesn't offer them because there's no demand. "We created faithful customers out of something that should have been a normal thing, selling caffeine on campus", Monahan said.

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