Is soda consumption unfairly attacked/regulated? This post by Aaron Carroll suggests it does. Look at the graph at the start of my post. Throw this in a Pareto chart and see where the largest number of calories lies. If I was looking at change, soda would be part of the ash and trash of this meal. The real culprit for weight gain would be the ribs and the artichoke dip. Yes, Chili’s has managed to make something with vegetables be incredibly unhealthy for you. Go to a restaurant with an under 500 calorie section on their menu and count how many salads they have there, and then count how many salads are on other parts of the menu.