If you’re one of the people who reaches for the veggie chips as a healthy alternative to your typical, fatty snacks you may need to have a bit of a rethink.

Snacks like kale chips may seem healthy, but can contain “alarming” amounts of salt, according to the Heart Foundation.

And just because they’re found in the health food aisle or sit under a sign labelled ‘organic’, doesn’t always mean you have a healthy option.

A George Institute survey has found that some veggie chips, like kale or legume-based chips had as much as 26 times more salt than less-salty veggie chips.

Sian Armstrong from the Heart Foundation said that the high salt content is not always obvious.

“A lot of the time, you can’t even taste it. Things don’t even taste that salty at all.”

A high salt diet can be a big contributing factor in high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease, with 75 per cent of the salt in Aussies’ diets coming from packaged or processed foods.

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