Did you know that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members are taught to avoid caffeinated drinks and foods as much as possible? That’s because these substances are seen as a drug that can lead people to an unnatural state. As a result, it’s a challenge for people who follow these beliefs but also enjoy drinking coffee on a regular basis.
Coffee is one of those substances that fall into the “grey area” for most Mormons, though it’s not typically recommended. Depending on where you live, friends and family might give you some side-eyes for drinking decaf or even caffeinated coffee when you are also partaking of LDS standards. But what exactly does the word “caffeine” mean?
Keep reading to find out if Mormons can drink decaf coffee.
Can Mormons Drink Decaf Coffee?
In short, yes. Decaf coffee is the right thing for Mormons to drink, not because it’s “better”, but because it is more selective and specific. A common misconception is that decaf coffee is “all right” while caffeinated coffee is a banned substance. The truth is that both caffeinated and decaf coffees contain caffeine, the difference being that decaf is naturally caffeine-free.
Because Mormons are not supposed to drink caffeine in any form, decaf coffee is a logical choice for those who want to remain faithful to their religious beliefs. Decaf coffee is actually a good source of antioxidants, and caffeinated coffee is not.
Moreover, decaf coffee has less acid, which shouldn’t bother most people’s stomachs like caffeinated coffee can. How much caffeine is in decaf coffee? It varies from brand to brand, but generally, decaf coffees contain between 2 and 8 mg of caffeine per 8 oz cup.
Can Mormons Drink Coffee?
No, caffeinated coffee is not allowed. However, decaf coffee is fine. But what is coffee, really? Most people know that coffee is a beverage, but few understand what coffee actually is. Coffee is actually the seeds of a plant called a coffee plant.
The seeds are roasted and ground up to create a coffee powder that can be added to water and consumed as a drink. Does coffee grow on trees? It doesn’t, but the confusion makes sense when you consider that “coffee berries” are what we call the coffee seeds when they are still growing on the plant.
Once the seeds are harvested, they are roasted and ground up before being used as coffee. So where does the caffeine come from? Caffeine is an alkaloid (a type of chemical compound) that is found in coffee beans.
Coffee beans also contain a variety of different antioxidants, including quercetin and chlorogenic acid, which is why coffee can have some health benefits. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that causes the release of adrenaline, which is why coffee has a reputation for making people feel more awake and alert.
This is why Mormons are urged to avoid caffeinated coffee, as it can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels to unhealthy levels.
Why Don’t LDS People Drink Coffee?
The question we have to ask ourselves is why we drink coffee, why we drink any caffeinated beverage, for that matter. The simple answer is that caffeinated beverages provoke a heightened state of alertness and enhance our emotions, like happiness or excitement.
Caffeine is also a diuretic, which means that it causes us to urinate more often when we consume it, which can lead us to become dehydrated if we’re not careful. There are many other ways that people can become more alert and happy without putting their health at risk.
When it comes to caffeine, Mormons are urged to abstain because caffeine is a drug that makes us feel unnatural. Caffeine has many negative side effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate, dehydration, and a negative effect on our sleep cycle.
What Caffeine Can Mormons Drink?
Caffeine is a drug. Mormons are not supposed to consume caffeine. Mormons view caffeine as a substance that can alter the mind and make us feel unnatural, which is why they try to avoid it as much as possible.
However, Mormons are allowed to drink caffeinated tea and hot cocoa since these are naturally caffeinated and don’t contain caffeine added by humans. Most Mormons also aren’t opposed to drinking energy drinks like Red Bull, Rockstar, or Monster, since these are naturally caffeinated, but these people don’t drink coffee. Other caffeinated beverages like cola are also off limits, but caffeinated energy drinks are fine.
Coffee, like any other drug, alters your mood and makes you feel unnatural. Most people don’t find joy in a drug-free existence, but following the Mormon Church’s guidelines for a drug-free lifestyle is important for protecting your long-term health and wellness.
For most people, it will be easier to avoid caffeine than to drink it in moderation, since even small amounts of caffeine can have serious negative effects. If you want to drink coffee but can’t stomach the taste of plain black coffee, try switching up the way you prepare your coffee.