It's happening; BYU to offer caffeinated soda on campus

It's happening; BYU to offer caffeinated soda on campus

In a question and answer piece put online, Wright said the director of Dining Services at BYU in the 1950s made the decision not to sell caffeinated soft drinks.

The Provo school announced it was making the change Thursday after receiving more requests from students to serve caffeinated soda. Smith's directive, focused on "hot drinks", predated the proliferation of soda drinking in the US, from manufacturers including Coke and its rival PepsiCo PEP, -0.68% Brigham Young, the school's namesake, was the second president of the Latter Day Saints.

The Daily Universe, the BYU student paper, quoted a university spokeswoman saying at the time that "there has not been a demand for caffeinated beverages".

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Sales of highly caffeinated energy drinks are still banned.

Although a topic of controversy, LDS Church officials point out Church doctrine never mentions the use of caffeine. "It's been a big game changer, even just day one", said Mckay Murphy, a junior statistics major from Springville, Utah. Caffeinated sodas will still not be sold at the two satellite campuses in Jerusalem and Salt Lake City.

BYU alum Karl Jepsen, 48, was visiting his daughter who is now a student and basked in being able to drink "real Diet Coke" from the fountain machine.

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It added: "The Church's health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and "hot drinks" - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee", the document reads. Employees don shirts that say, "I'm a caffeine dealer". In a Facebook post, Caffeine Corner said, "Sounds like we're still in business".

Mormons are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it was a long-held misunderstanding that the faithful were barred from consuming caffeine.

The church clarified in 2012 that its health practices don't bar members from caffeinated beverages like soft drinks.

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