A forum reader quotes some other website (which I am in turn quoting…):
“we have a theory that artificial sweeteners like Aspartame & Sucralose lower the body’s immunity to viruses VERY QUICKLY.
We’ve also had reports that artificial sweeteners can trigger a herpes breakout […] within 10 minutes of consumption.
At first we thought it was only aspartame causing these outbreaks, but apparently artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (aka Sucralose) can have similar effects.”
DAYUM! Within 10 minutes!?
That has to be the most potent cold sore trigger ever! A sort of super-trigger, if you will.
Except, I don’t buy it.
Well, the 10 minutes part anyway.
I mean, I would get somebody saying that artificial sweeteners DO trigger outbreaks when consumed regularly.
After all, there’s a lot of scientific evidence showing that they are pretty toxic for your health. In fact, many studies have linked things like saccharin, aspartame and sucralose to negative health conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
(funny, since those are the problems people try to avoid by consuming these sweeteners in lieu of sugar)
Plus, they can also throw off the healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, which is akin to knocking down the first domino towards massive inflammation and thus, much more work for your immune system.
But in 10 Minutes? Nope, sorry.
In 10 minutes it’s still just swimming around in your stomach. It hasn’t been digested or absorbed into your bloodstream yet.
My guess is the people who claimed a freaking diet coke triggered an outbreak in 10 minutes need to take a look at what they ate in the days leading up to the event.
Were there other diet cokes? Was there junk food? Was there any crappy, nutrition devoid foods that could have made a dent in the immune system, over and over again?
I’m guessing yes.
Because the way I see it, a “trigger” isn’t something that causes a cold sore all on its own. It’s more like “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.
Meaning that before an outbreak, a lot of different factors may have been doing damage behind the scenes (i.e. a weakened and overworked immune system, inflammation, bad nutrition, etc.) so that an outbreak is on the verge of happening, regardless.
Things are just below the threshold and all the cold sore needs to pop out is a little extra nudge. So when the trigger does come along and provides that extra “push”, BAM! Big nasty cold sore.
So really, the trigger can be pretty much anything that causes undue “stress”. It can be food related or have nothing to do with what you stuffed down your throat.
And trying to narrow it down can be damn near impossible unless you get really good at tracking every single variable in your daily life.
It’s better to keep yourself as far below the “cold sore threshold” as you can at all times, so that you can take any trigger without oozing blisters all over your face.
If you want to learn how to keep yourself far away of the cold sore threshold, my daily cold sore tips can teach you how.
You’ll learn tricks for keeping your immune system in tip top shape so that none of the “triggers” so many cold sore sufferers are afraid of can hurt you.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller