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Question #12543 posted on 02/10/2005 3:12 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

why is caffine looked down upon by church members?

- tuguldur

A: Dear tuguldur,

Mormons look down on caffeine in coffee and tea because they are against the Word of Wisdom.

Many Mormons look down on caffeine in soft drinks by analogy with the substances prohibited by the Word of Wisdom, and because we have been counselled to avoid addictive substances.

Some Mormons look down on caffeine in chocolate by extension of avoiding caffeine in the above substances.

Some Mormons look down on other Mormons who consume caffeine because it's an easy standard by which to judge people. (Although a false one, in my opinion.)

- Katya
A: Dear tuguldur,

Just for the record, there is no caffeine in chocolate. It's theobromine, which differs from caffeine by one methyl group, and is about a tenth as potent.

This is good news for me, because when I give up caffeine for Lent, I don't have to give up chocolate.

-A. A. Melyngoch