Dr. Dre Video Spoof "Beets by Dre" Teaches Good Nutrition
"Beets by Dre" is a video creation spoofing a headphone line advertised under the brand “Beats by Dr. Dre.” Dr. Dre is the popular hip-hop/rapper, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Andre Romelle Young, who performs under the stage name Dr. Dre.
The “Beets by Dre” video is a four and one-half minute long spoof portraying a main character named “Tyrone” who is sporting a pair of “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones on his head while promoting the health benefits of eating beets from a gold colored, bejeweled can of beets labeled “Beetz by Dre.”
Throughout the video, “Tyrone” talks about how that his “Beetz by Dre” contain phytonutrients that act as anti-inflammatory agents that can help reduce the inflammation in swollen ankles—“It’s like veggie Advil,” says Tyrone to his posse. He also talks about how that beets contain compounds that can help cleanse your system by binding toxins that are then excreted through your urine…which, he warns will turn your urine red but is nothing to worry about. “You pee out the nasty,” he simplifies for his drug-addled homie Tyrell.
While the actual message behind the video is to poke fun at the headphone brand owned by Dr. Dre, it also inadvertently educates a useful health message that eating beets is good for the body and thereby a good nutritional habit.
Studies have shown that beet juice can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in normotensive adults. Other studies have also shown that elderly test subjects analyzed under MRIs after consuming beet juice had an increase in blood flow to the regions of the brain that are associated with deterioration linked to dementia and other cognitive problems associated with aging.
These and other studies propose that it is the nitrate content of beets and leafy vegetables like spinach that is responsible for not only improving blood pressure and cerebral circulation, but also increasing muscle efficiency as seen with increased performance of competitive cyclists in time trial studies.
"We're talking about an amount of nitrate equivalent to what is found in two or three red beets or a plate of spinach," said Eddie Weitzberg of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. "We know that diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes but the active nutrients haven't been clear. This shows inorganic nitrate as a candidate to explain those benefits."
The value of this “Beets by Dre” video could be that we have inadvertently uncovered a new educational medium consisting of creative video spoofs for teaching good eating habits and nutrition to the masses. Perhaps not unlike the effect the mid-70's Schoolhouse Rock TV segment of “I’m Just a Bill” had on educating kids through song and animation on how a Bill becomes law.
Admittedly the “Beets by Dre” video borders on the cheesy, but it is fun to watch and does beat out a lot of other online videos that have a less healthy message to them.
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Reference: “Beets by Dre” by Producers Corey Moss, Tiffany Moore and Jason Berger. Directors: Ethan S. Smith and Ron Yavnieli. Writer: Ethan Smith. Editor: Drew Unser. Production designer: Rocio Carrizales. Starring: Flex Alexander, Ryan Pinkston, Angelina Spicer, LaMarcus Tinker and Drevon Cooks.