The chocolate cold sore myth

If you listen to many people’s advice online about chocolate, they recommend that you avoid it like the plague because it is sure to trigger cold sores.

Now because I’m kind of a pig when it comes to tasty foods, I didn’t like the idea of giving up chocolate.

In fact, I a-boar it…

See what I did there? AHEM… sorry.

But personally, I found that chocolate never caused me any herpes grief. It never seemed to trigger any outbreaks in me.

But trigger or not, I’d be willing to trade a few extra outbreaks here and there if that means being able to keep eating chocolate.

So, I did some digging. And I found out some pretty interesting stuff.

Turns out that chocolate itself isn’t the problem.

It’s that chocolate contains both arginine and caffeine, two ingredients that are often blamed for triggering outbreaks.

So, I then started digging into both those ingredients to try and find out if they are actually responsible for triggering outbreaks.

And what is found was liberating.

I found that most of the claims that arginine and caffeine trigger outbreaks are false.

In fact, I discovered many scientific articles that found that both those ingredients might even be good for fighting off cold sores.

Crazy right?

But if this is true, why have people been demonizing them left and right?

It’s all because of 30 plus year old studies that found that these two ingredients lend the herpes virus a helping hand.

But since then, multiple studies have been published that have found the opposite to be true. Arginine have both been found to inhibit the replication of the herpes virus.

So why have people been holding to these old studies like their lives depended on it?

Beats me.

Maybe they can use them to sell more supplements?

All I know is that I’m going to keep on eating a reasonable amount of HIGH QUALITY chocolate (this is important) whenever I want.

And I know that I won’t be getting more cold sores because of it.

Ciao for now.


Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller

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