Church News: Caffinated softdrinks NOT in violation of Word of Wisdom

Diet Coke addicts rejoice! I am more of a Dr. Pepper girl myself.  

Well it is now 100 percent official - Mormon's are allowed to drink coke and more specifically caffeine, just not tea or coffee.

In a statement issued this week the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cleared up what had become a contentious and misrepresented fact. Posted online, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based church said that, 'the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine and that the faith's health-code reference to 'hot drinks' does not go beyond tea or coffee. The statement clarifies over a hundred years of confusion and clears the way for Mitt Romney to down his often enjoyed campaign trail Diet Coke safe in the knowledge that he is in no way rebeling against the Mormon's book, the Word of Wisdom.

The landmark and public clarification that caffeinated drinks bar tea and coffee are fine was prompted by an NBC 'Rock Center' report which claimed as fact that LDS members were prohibited from drinking coffee. The church wrote in response: 

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

Most are aware that alcohol, tabacco, recreational drugs and tea and coffee are prohibited, but the caffeine announcement will surely clear up misconceptions held by the majority. Part of the confusion has stemmed from the LDS owned Brigham Young University which does not sell or serve caffeinated drinks. However, a BYU spokesman, Carri Jenkins explained it is 'not a university of church decision, but made by dining services, based on what our customers want. We are constantly evaluating what those needs and desires are.'

Read the full article HERE.

7 Way Righteous Comments:

NaDell said...

I still don't drink it. I watched President Gordon B. Hinckley on 60 Minutes and when he was asked about if we drink caffeine, he said, "No, we don't." That's enough for me.

Marie said...

When I was on my mission we taught the Word of Wisdom as a guide for taking care of our bodies and avoiding addictions. It is a fact that caffeine is addictive. As is sugar, fat, and numerous other items that aren't mentioned. I drink hot herbal tea, and there isn't any clarification on that. The fact of the matter is that we each need to follow the law in word and spirit according to our own consciences and then let others have the agency to do the same.

Mrs. Wetzel said...

This will surely make my husband quite happy though I still say energy drinks are a No-no. I'm glad that is cleared up. I knew people who argued hot chocolate could be included in 'Hot drinks" because it is served hot. I wish there was more clarification about herbal tea though. Herbs are medicinal and are talked and approved of in the WOW. My mother told me to avoid black and green teas especially but herb teas (as long as it was just the herb like raspberry or peppermint) was ok. I never drink it scalding hot.

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Anonymous said...

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