With olive oil. New coffee for "Starbucks" causes a stir in America
Coffee giant Starbucks made headlines this week with its coffee drinks project containing an unusual ingredient, olive oil,
The new drink is called Olyato, which blends Arabica coffee with cold-pressed virgin partana olive oil.
Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz called the new brew, extra virgin olive oil, "the next revolution in coffee."
He said they were inspired by "a family tradition that has existed in the regions of Italy for generations, where a spoonful of olive oil is added to enjoy."
But is adding olive oil just a temptation for consumers or are there benefits to drinking the drink?
CBS notes that olive oil has health benefits and has been shown to lower blood pressure and has "anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the disease process, including heart disease." Coffee has also been linked to a longer lifespan and other health benefits.
Some nutritionists believe that oil is a calorie-dense ingredient, containing about 120 calories per tablespoon. The
report concludes that olive oil can have health benefits, as can black coffee, but that doesn't mean you need to take it together.