LDS Business College now selling caffeinated sodas on campus

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) – Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints avoid caffeine but now a Church-owned college is selling caffeinated drinks on campus.

Three months ago LDS Business College’s B.C. Café added Coca Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero to their soda fountain. An employee says for a long time, customers had been asking for those brands. Now for just 96 cents students, faculty or visitors are able to get an ice cold fizzy cola with a jolt.

“They’re being more mainstream I guess, sign of the times,” student Kevin Shorten told ABC4 Utah News. “I’m not a big fan of soda but if you want to drink something with caffeine in it, go for it.”

“I think it’s a good thing,” first semester student John Slack said. “I work full time, go to school full time so sometimes I live off of it.”

You still won’t find any caffeinated sodas for sale on the campus of Church owned Brigham Young University in Provo. Spokesperson Carri Jenkins stated, “BYU has simply chosen not to sell caffeinated beverages on campus”. She did not provide a reason why.

“There’s some controversy over ‘Is caffeine a drug? Is it a stimulant? Is it something you should avoid?’,” Slack said.  “A lot of it is just on a personal level. You’ve got to decide are you dependent on it or do you have some level of control over what you take into your body.”

On the phone, the cafe’s manager said he didn’t have any statement to make about the change just that he’s in the business of selling food and drinks.

In 2012 the LDS Church issued a statement pointing out that none of their revelations specifically mentions caffeine.

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