- 1 Do LDS People Eat Chocolate?
- 1.1 Do LDS Church Members Can Eat Chocolate Even Those With Food Allergies?
- 1.2 The Truth About LDS Diet Recommendations
- 1.3 Does the Mormon Church frown on drinking Coffee or Tea?
- 1.4 LDS Church Members Avoid Caffeine
- 1.5 Caffeine Per Se is Not Prohibited to Mormons
- 1.6 Word of Wisdom Forbid Coffee and Tea With Caffeine Because it is Addictive
Do LDS People Eat Chocolate?
The majority of LDS members will deny the fact that they enjoy chocolate, but it is undeniable.
When I was young, a trip to the local church cafeteria would have me eating a huge chocolate bar during lunch. It was probably the largest piece of candy I had ever eaten in my life. A lot of Latter-day Saints love chocolate and there’s nothing wrong with it – except that we shouldn’t be so consumed by it.
There’s no doubt that members of The Church love chocolate – they consume a great deal of it throughout the week.
On Friday and all day and night during their spiritual services, members love chocolate, whether they partake or not.
Unfortunately, this love of chocolate also turns unhealthy because of some of the ingredients that are used to produce the chocolate that we so love.
We’re all aware that caffeine is bad for us, but manufacturers of chocolate know that a lot of our members love chocolate and low levels of caffeine in many of their products.
Do LDS Church Members Can Eat Chocolate Even Those With Food Allergies?
Many food allergies may occur when one or two mites are discovered on the skin of a person and one has an allergic reaction to that.
Some people may react to certain types of foods such as shellfish, eggs, peanuts, fish, wheat, soy products, milk and soy sauce.
These are all foods that are not allowed for a person with a particular type of food allergy.
There are foods that can be eaten by everyone but these should not be the first ones that are thought of when planning a meal.
When someone with a food allergy wants to have a chocolate pie for dessert, the first thing they need to do is find out what all is in the pie.
Other than the pie, what other ingredients are in it? What are the other ingredients and if there are any peanut butter, or nut butter products in it, how can a person with a peanut allergy eat it. This is very important because there are some desserts called “peanut butter cookies” and there are also some with “Brazilian chocolate” that may have trace amounts of peanut butter or nut butter in it.
Since many of these allergies involve either shellfish or peanut butter or even dairy products, what can a person with one of these food allergies eat?
The Truth About LDS Diet Recommendations
Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints believe that eating chocolate is wrong, and they do not like other members of their group eating it.
Some feel that it has harmful chemicals and other unhealthy things in it that are unhealthy for us to consume.
The debate rages on as to whether or not members of the LDS church should not eat chocolate.
On the one hand there are those who are strongly opposed to it and do not want other members of their group to have access to it.
On the other hand some members feel that if they truly believe in the gospel that eating chocolate is wrong and if they are true to their religion then they should be able to partake of it as well.
It is generally accepted among most people that most chocolates have some calories in them, however, this is not the case with all chocolates.
There are some varieties that contain less calories than others. It is important for you to read the labels of any chocolate that you are considering eating.
The last thing you want is chocolate that is high in calories but does not taste very good. The best advice that we can give you is to eat chocolate within your diet and not to over indulge and eat it all of the time.
Does the Mormon Church frown on drinking Coffee or Tea?
Many mormon Fundamentalists seem to live by the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Although, I can not say that every church member drinks coffee or even cigarettes. I can however say that the religion is very small and most people do not smoke either. Personally, I like to drink tea, not coffee or alcoholic beverages.
Recently in the missionary houses around the world, there have been cases of people drinking both coffee and alcohol.
There are stories in the Missionaries Newsroom about many young people in one mission home that have both drank both at night and in the morning!
This is not acceptable in any society or church.
The Church does have rules and regulations that they follow. Many Mormon fundamentalists believe that the Word of God is infallible and inerrant.
In most of America, it is not permissible for a Mormon to hold office with anyone that is not a member of the Church.
Thus, you are not allowed to drink alcohol at work.
There are certain social activities that are considered acceptable though, such as ball games and sometimes attending non-missionary sponsored events. It is really up to the individual to decide what is right for them.
LDS Church Members Avoid Caffeine
I heard that caffeine can cause weight gain but again I have been proven wrong. If one only drinks small amounts of caffeine then there is no effect on weight gain.
In fact, many people with sinus problems who are on caffeine free medications lose more weight than those who are still consuming caffeine.
There are many caffeine free medications that are prescribed by doctors to help alleviate sinus problems but they also help those with sinus problems.
Some non LDS members consume caffeine as well because they believe caffeine is good for them and helps them to be more awake and alert.
This can lead one to consume more caffeine then what is healthy which could eventually lead to more sinus problems.
Many non LDS drug stores sell products containing caffeine and although there are not any health concerns with these products it is still best to stay away from them.
Many LDS drugstores do not display caffeine so you should first check with your church branch store clerk or ward clerk to find out if they do sell products containing caffeine.
Caffeine is a stimulant, that means it gives you energy, but it can also make you susceptible to sinus problems. It is best to avoid caffeine and if you must consume it try to use it in moderation, two or three drinks a day is good.
Caffeine does not necessarily cause sinus problems, but it can aggravate them and may be the cause of your cold or flu symptoms.
Sinus problems can cause headaches and high blood pressure, which are much more serious then a cold or flu and should be treated immediately.
Caffeine Per Se is Not Prohibited to Mormons
Caffeine in caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda is prohibited to Mormon people.
In fact, a recent study showed that a significant amount of caffeine was still present in non-caffeinated colas despite claims that the caffeine had been removed. It has also been determined that an amount of caffeine that may be considered small in comparison to others, may still have strong effects on the body.
Word of Wisdom Forbid Coffee and Tea With Caffeine Because it is Addictive
The Word of Wisdom forbids drinking of any kind of drink with caffeine because it is extremely addictive.
If you have read the Word of Wisdom then you know that you can’t have the things your heart desires because they are a matter of your will.
It is actually tempting to use it but you must remember that it is a commandment from God and you must obey what He said. In other words, the Word of Wisdom forbids you from using things for which you are not worthy. Caffeine is definitely very addictive.
What most people don’t realize is that God gave you the ability to use His creations for His purposes but you must learn how to obey God instead of man.
Some people have a hard time with this concept and they become addicted to things. When I was a teenager my problem was pretty bad but I still believed in God and He would take care of me. He used to take care of everyone around Him and I still try to obey His commandments.
There is no doubt that caffeine is a very powerful thing and people need their caffeine to function but when you try to use the Word of Wisdom as a reason not to consume caffeine then you’re going to find out very quickly that it is a stumbling block.