9 of the absolute best canned foods you should stock up on

These are the healthy pantry items you'll always want to have on hand

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Whether you’re stocking up for hurricane season or replenishing canned food or pantry items that you and your family burned through in an attempt to grocery shop less than usual during the coronavirus pandemic, sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy.

But it’s nice to have canned food in the house, regardless of the situation, really. These items are convenient, inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Although fresh or frozen food has a slightly better reputation, there’s truly nothing wrong with canned items -- it just helps if you know what to buy.

“A lot of sodium can creep in (some canned foods),” said Melissa Perry, a registered dietician with Orlando Health. “You just want to make sure you’re limiting added salt and sugar.”

So we asked: What are some of the best items to stock?

Perry suggested the following.

1.) Canned tuna and salmon

These are great sources of protein. Just try to buy fish packed in water instead of oil. That will make it a lot lower in sodium. Canned tuna and salmon aren’t just for sandwiches, Perry added. You could put this fish on top of a salad or eat it with whole wheat crackers.

2.) Canned sardines

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