As Aaron wrote, the Deseret News reported the need for Postum fans to say farewell to their caffeine-free hot drink. The Salt Lake Tribune also reported on the story. The Tribune added a bit of information that the Deseret News didn’t have:
“Not long after its introduction, Postum became the elixir for faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who eschew coffee and tea. It became such a part of Mormon culture that instead of having a ‘coffee table’ in the living room, some families called it the ‘Postum table.’
“Recent government health studies have listed Postum as having high levels of acrylamide, a substance that can cause cancer and reproductive problems in animals and act as a neurotoxin in humans. But even such findings have not deterred fans.”
The Word of Wisdom, which prohibits Mormons from drinking coffee (among other things) is defined by the LDS Church as,
“A law of health revealed by the Lord for our physical and spiritual benefit. In this revelation the Lord commands us not to use alcohol, tea, coffee, tobacco, and harmful or habit-forming substances, and promises blessings for obeying this commandment.”
I’ve asked a question similar to this one before, but I’ll ask again. If the Word of Wisdom is “a law of health” with “physical benefits,” why have Mormons been drinking a cancer-causing substance for over 100 years as a substitute for a different substance (coffee) that research has shown to be “far more healthful than it is harmful”?
In this instance, rather than the prophet the American economy has driven a healthy dietary change for faithful Mormons. Goodbye, noxious Postum. And good riddance.