Owned BYU Adding Caffeinated Soda To Dining Menus

Posted September 24, 2017

BYU's students are raving about the Mormon school's dining services development on Twitter, saying goodbye to the days they had to bring their own carbonated contraband to campus.

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

Brigham Young University is now allowing the sale of caffeinated sodas on campus grounds.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directs members to generally avoid alcohol and beverages such as coffee and tea as part of an 1833 revelation from Mormon founder Joseph Smith that member should not consume "hot drinks".

Shelby Slade covers community events, issues and stories for the Daily Herald. Energy drinks, however, will not be sold. The faith's health code, known as the Word of Wisdom, specifically forbids coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol and "any other drinks or food containing harmful substances", according to the Church's official site, but whether the more ambiguous category includes anything caffeinated has always been a source of debate.

Even before this change, there was at least one way to get a Coke on campus. "I'm a really big fan of caffeine and just soda in general so it's nice to have it on campus with easy access".

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Bottled-water consumption in the USA hit 39.3 gallons per capita previous year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons, marking the first time that soda was knocked off the top spot, according to data from industry tracker Beverage Marketing Corp. Employees don shirts that say, "I'm a caffeine dealer".

The same can't be said of the university's campus in Rexburg.

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

Jenkins added there's been no financial change to BYU's relationship with Coca-Cola to her knowledge.

"You youths will never understand the struggle we went through", Whiteley wrote jokingly in a Facebook post.