Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

Temple Fit Episode #31, Date Aired 4/2/2014
“Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs”

Welcome back! We are beginning a new and exciting theme, “Good Vs. Bad.” Today, we’re discussing good carbs vs. bad carbs.

Understanding What Carbs Are
There are 6 classes of nutrients, and carbohydrates are one of them. Carbs are a source of fuel source for the body. They are consumed in our diets in a variety of ways— fruits, dairy products, beans/legumes, sugar,  dressings, breads, rice, potatoes, and more.

Understanding the Good of God
Let us first start with this concept, nothing God created was bad.  In Genesis 1:29-31, He’s talking to Adam, telling Adam that He made plants for food. Then God steps back, reflects on everything He mad, and states that it is very good..

Throughout Scripture, it is reiterated that what God made was good. On the other hand, we also see that what man makes (apart from God) is bad. (We saw this at the Tower of Babel).

Determining if the carbs you are eating are good or bad
Practically applying the concept “everything God made was good, and what man makes apart from God is bad,” we can discern between good carbs vs. bad carbs by asking the following:

3 pertinent questions:  

1. Did God make this? 

2. How refined or “man-made” is my food? 

3. Does my Temple deserve better?

Let’s walk through an example
We have before us 2 options: apples and cookies.We’ll ask each of them our three questions.

To Mr. Apple:
  1. Did God make you? Yes, God made me.  I as an apple came straight from Nature.
  2. How refined or “man-made” are you?  I am not refined.  I did not go through any processes to become a food product.  I started as an apple, and I ended as an apple.
  3. Does my Temple deserve better than you?  I am a reasonable food choice, because I will help you keep your temple fit for God’s service.

To Mr. Cookie:
  1. Did God make you? No, God did not make me as a cookie.  He made the sources of my ingredients, but not me.  I, as a cookie, cannot be found in Nature.
  2. How refined or “man-made” are you?  I am made of mostly flour.  Flour comes from wheat plants.  The plant goes through heating, degerming, milling, and bleaching before it come to be what you see today. There are a number of steps that get me from a plant to a cookie.
  3. Does my Temple deserve better than you?  Yes, I can curb your sweet tooth, but I cannot support your temple.

We’ll end today’s devotion with a tip from the 6th Edition of Perspectives in Nutrition, which states,

“Primarily choosing the healthiest carbohydrate sources, while moderating intake of those that are less healthful, contributes to a well-planned diet.”

I hope this devotion has EDUCATED you to keep your temple fit for God’s service.  Now that you know, share with someone you love.  


DiSilvestro PhD, Hampl PhD, Wardlaw Phd. Perspectives in Nutrition: 6th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2004.

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