Effects of incorporation of integral raw materials and dietary fibre on the selected nutritional and functional properties of biscuits

Department of Food Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, A. Kovačića 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Food Chemistry 01/2009; DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2008.11.032

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