My biggest tip would be to read the label!
Many canned foods have added salt, which would be a concern especially if you have hypertension. If so, look for options which state “no added sodium/salt” or “low sodium/salt”. Most options which state “in water” (e.g. beans in water, tuna flakes in water) may still contain some salt, so do make sure to read the ingredients list to know what has been added! All is not lost if there has been added salt, as you can always discard the soaking liquids to get rid of some additional salt.
The same goes for canned fruits. Try to go for those that are canned in water or their own juice, instead of a sugar syrup. Otherwise, draining also helps to reduce the sugar.
Canned meats such as luncheon meat and corned beef contain sodium nitrite, a preservative used for meats. It has been found to have links to cancer if consumed in high amounts, so try to limit these to once a week.
Armed with these tips, how then can you use them in your cooking?