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Former banker turns master baker

A former banker has swapped his pin stripe suit for chef whites to launch an ultra low-carb sandwich business.

Paul Shackleton founded Plan Bread last year after he was made redundant from his role as a banker in the City.

Despite having no experience in baking, the 27-year-old decided to try and create the world’s healthiest bread.

Shackleton spent hours studying the ins and outs of how food is stored as fat before coming up with more than 150 prototypes.

The main ingredient in the Plan Bread range is broccoli and, according to figures from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service; it is the lowest carb bread available in the UK.

Shackleton said he was inspired by the guilt he and his colleagues always felt when eating unhealthy sandwiches at lunchtime.

“I discovered that my colleagues had cut them out of their diet, with no alternatives available. We all thought, surely there must be a better way.

“That’s really how Plan Bread was born. The aim of the venture was always to find a truly healthy alternative to the high street sandwich, where no low-carbohydrate option was available.

“It wasn’t until I started baking that more and more mates started mentioning that they no longer eat bread.

“Some people thought I was mad and, to be honest, at times I did feel a little like an alchemist, but I was always confident in the science behind the process and am thrilled to have found a result which people are now enjoying,” he added.

The entrepreneur said that the bread is gluten free, soy free, almost zero GI and sandwich fillings are tailored to be suitably low-carb, low GI and low calorie.

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