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Dews & don'ts: Yes, Mormons can drink caffeine

Published April 25, 2011 12:32 pm

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In her column on "The Book of Mormon" musical, New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that Latter-day Saints can't have caffeine.

Check your sources, Maureen. Mormons don't drink coffee, but caffeine is fine.

The LDS Church's health code, known simply as the "Word of Wisdom," forbids the use of wine, strong drink, tobacco and "hot drinks," which have been defined by church authorities as tea and coffee. Nowhere does it mention caffeine.

That might explain the sight of Coke-guzzling Mormons up and down the state and the sale of Mountain Dew at LDS Church-owned restaurants.

As former Utah Gov. Olene Walker, a Mormon, once told comedian Bill Cosby: "Caffeine is fine as long as it's cold."

Peggy Fletcher Stack