What does the phrase "affluent malnutrition" refer to? Explain what this contradiction in terms means with regard to the contemporary diet of humans.
Affluent malnutrition refers to the idea of malnutrition without a lack of food. Thatis, in modern terms, a diet that does not meet the requirements for our body to function at its full potential. The examples given in the text refer to things such as our over consumption of salts, cereal grains, and fats which may play a role in the many diet-related "diseases of civilization" which did not exist until relatively recently in time. While the modern diet consists of more than enough calories to allow our body to function it may lack in necessary nutrients such as various vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, or essential amino acids. In addition an incorrect balance of these nutrients may be involved in our current situation.