Baileys Irish Cream is a popular liqueur made with cream, Irish whiskey and chocolate. As far as alcohol goes, the calories in Baileys are quite high, especially when compared to pure whiskey. Baileys is more like a dessert in terms of nutrition.
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A serving of Baileys Irish Cream contains 327 calories, 13.5 grams of alcohol, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of sucrose.
Baileys Nutrition Facts
According to the official Baileys website, Baileys nutrition for 100 milliliters (3.38 U.S. fluid ounces or 1.8 standard alcohol units) is:
- 327 calories
- 3 grams protein
- 25 grams carbohydrates
- 13 grams total fat
- 8 grams saturated fat
- 40 milligrams cholesterol
- 80 milligrams sodium
- 0 grams fiber
- 20 grams of sucrose
- 13.5 grams of alcohol
Though the company released a vegan liqueur made with almond milk, they do not have Baileys nutrition information available on their website for that version. Because of the nutritional difference in cow's milk and almond milk, it's likely the dairy-free version has less fat.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 7 calories per gram of alcohol. That means 94.5 calories in Baileys come from the alcohol alone. As there are 9 calories in a gram of fat, 91 calories in Baileys come from fat. The rest of the calories in Baileys come from carbohydrates and protein, at 4 calories per gram each.
If you're watching your blood sugar, the carbs in Baileys Irish cream all come from sugar, so it is a drink you should avoid. This nutrition information applies to the Original Irish cream flavor. The carbs in Baileys Irish cream may vary based on flavor — whether you choose the Almande Almondmilk or one of the limited edition flavors such as Baileys pumpkin spice.
Baileys Ingredients: What’s Inside?
The official website states that Baileys contains about 50 percent cream and milk protein from dairy milk. It contains trace amounts (up to 1 percent) lactose.
Eggs, egg products, nuts and nut products are not part of the Baileys ingredients, but Baileys presents this data for informational purposes only and does not claim to provide medical advice.
The carbs in Baileys Irish cream are a result of sucrose, which is the name for table sugar. According to the USDA FoodData Central, 4 grams or 1 teaspoon contains 15 calories. This means a single serving of Baileys has 5 teaspoons of sugar for 75 calories. It is an alcoholic beverage that's high in sugar.
The shelf life of the product is two years from the date it was made, whether opened or unopened. It is also guaranteed even if it is not stored in the refrigerator, as long as it is stored in a cool, dark location. Baileys ingredients do not include preservatives since the alcohol acts as a preservative.
What to Drink Instead
If you want to drink Baileys while you try to lose weight, you can make your own version that's a bit healthier. You'll still combine Irish whiskey with something creamy, but you can use fat-free half-and-half or almond milk as the base. Then, in place of regular table sugar, you can use a calorie-free sweetener such as stevia.
When possible, opt for lower calorie alcoholic beverages. All alcohol can contribute to weight gain if it is consumed too much, but in moderation, having a low-calorie drink shouldn't derail your weight loss efforts too much. The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides a decent resource of the calorie count and serving size in many common drinks.
For instance, a 12-ounce light beer contains 103 calories, compared to a regular beer with 153 calories. If you opt to drink craft beers with higher alcohol content, you could be drinking as much as 350 calories per 12 ounces.
Generally speaking, the lower the proof of alcohol, the fewer calories you're drinking. That's not the case with liqueurs because of all the added ingredients. Drink liquor with a low-calorie mixer to keep the calorie count to a minimum.
- Baileys: "Product and Company Information"
- Baileys: "Almande Almondmilk Liqueur"
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans"
- USDA FoodData Central: "Sugars, Granulated"
- U.S.National Library of Medicine: "Calorie Count - Alcoholic Beverages"
- The Baileys Lounge: Recipes